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Royal Botanical Gardens

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Address: 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, Ontario L7T 1J1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 905-527-1158
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Description: Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a...
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. Royal Botanical Gardens is located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. Four distinct formal gardens are contained with 1100 hectares of nature reserve, nestled into the slopes of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The ever changing seasons, blooms, and natural phenomenon make each visit a new experience. Explore and enjoy the many historical plant collections, the Mediterranean Greenhouse, 27 km of nature trails and special events such as art and music in the gardens, blooms festivals and more.
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We have visited many botanical gardens. We were very pleased with our experience. These gardens are unique in that you do travel from one location to another. Although that is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We have been members of the RBG for many years. I have also become a member of the Auxiliary which contributes to the growing success of the Gardens. If you visit the web site you will find many activities for the whole family. The Gardens are putting much effort into revitalization. The Laking Garden has been refurbished and the Rose... More 

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We have visited many botanical gardens. We were very pleased with our experience. These gardens are unique in that you do travel from one location to another. Although that is a unique feature I don't think that should dissuade you visiting. The gardens are very nicely maintained. The lily ponds were beautiful. We enjoyed the Mediterranean Gardens. Disappointed the Rock... More 

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Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

For out of towners or just a stroll on a Sunday afternoon this is honestly the most beautiful botanical gardens. Flowers everywhere with water features, a rock garden with a restaurant and an indoor tropical plant exhibit which is great on a cold winter day. My daughter had her pictures for her wedding taken here and they were amazing.

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A great spot for enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature . . . walking on the boardwalk or through the arboretum or an inside tour of the RBG building and its always changing exhibitions . . . great spot for a weekend picnic or to watch the changing leaves this fall.

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It's a lovely place and one of great beauty and peace. Well worth a visit and overcoming the challenges of navigating the place.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Lovely botanical garden but rather confusing as main garden is through an underground tunnel below the road. Various interesting gardens and pools.

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Windsor, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I visited the gardens several times, but I decided to write about it after seeing the one in Copenhagen, I had to compare the Royal Botanical. I guess the Canadian one is more natural as it is located between two cities (Hamilton and Burlington) so you feel more in the wild than ones that are located in big cities. Also... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Spent sunday afternoon in the sunshine strolling through all of the gardens and enjoyed every minute. Definately want to go back and try the lunch on the patio...The place is so amazing and well taken care of.. So much to see ..Giant indoor pavillion with assorted rooms for functions and a mediterranean garden with cacti and so many unique plants..... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you love flowers, or gardening or just want a place to wile away the hours, the Royal Botanical Gardens is an excellent place to visit. The RBG has greatly expanded over the years, offering a huge assortment of gardens to delight gardeners, and photographers, with the displays constantly changing during the season. Flowers, walking trails, exhibits, a cafe, it... More 

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Bradford, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

If you can catch the gardens at their peak for the different flowers, it wonderful...We missed the lilacs or it was at the end and personally disappointed with the display ...most were down a hill. A friend of mine couldn't make it down to see what was left. So be sure to call and ask for the programs or timetable... More 

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