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Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West | Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario L7T 1J1, Canada
+1 905-527-1158
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Ranked #13 of 104 attractions in Hamilton
Type: Gardens
Owner description: Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Rochester, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We were visiting on a rainy day and were disappointed to find there is not much inside, other than 5 or 6 wedding going on!!!! It appeared to us as if much of the indoor space is devoted to meeting rooms and banquet space. The outdoors had beautiful flower gardens but not enough to do for my little ones who... More

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Palm Coast.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I'm a flower fanatic so love any opportunity to spend an afternoon meandering among formal flower gardens. We chose a sunny day with temperatures in the low 80s, which was perfect. The grounds at RBG are quite extensive. You enter the main building on Plains Road, but you have to drive another 1.5 kilometers to get to Laking Gardens, and... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The weather was extremely warm for this time of year and since the gardens are mostly outside...it was pretty miserable. We did find a nice cool spot in the Tea House and enjoyed some ice water there. I was expecting something like Longwood Gardens so was a bit disappointed. But a volunteer named Roberta helped end the trip on a... More

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Hamilton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

When ever you go to RBC they always have great gardens every couple of weeks you see different flowers and plants that are blooming

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Rochester, New York
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78 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had visited the Royal Botanical Gardens many years ago, and remembered it as a very formally laid out expanse of roses and other shrubs and flowers. What we experienced was quite different. The rose garden at Hendrie Park is much smaller than I remembered, but still a delight to stroll through. We soon came upon a large group of... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I just visited Canada Royal Botanical Garden today with friends. Disappointed about my trip, there was few display in RGB, weeds everywhere in Gardens, can't believe this is the Largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic site. The only thing I enjoyed is good weather.

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toronto
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4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

What a beautiful and large place to visit. Great trails, education centre, parking and the sights are out of this world. This is a great place for a date, for a wedding, for a photo shoot. Some of the areas are like other worlds . If you think it's rows of raised flower beds in neat little rows like you... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Every year the RBG rolls out a model train set up created entirely of natural materials. Its a sight to see, especially if you have a train lover in the family.

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We took out of town guests here for an afternoon of admiring the blooms. First shock: $50.00 entrance fee for 4 of us... holy cow! Too bad the roses, our biggest interest, weren't really in full bloom yet. The irises, our next interest, were not really on show either, because of re-designing their area. Bummer. The peonies, which we were... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Terrible service. Management is terrible. Paid to use an area but was not told that 5 other wedding parties would also be using the same space. No resolution, was told basically to "deal with it". You will not get what you paid for. Do not book here unless its free.

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