RBG’s world-renowned lilac collection reaches peak bloom.

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June 1st, 2019



A heavenly fragrance is drifting through Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG’s) Arboretum, marking the official start of lilac season.

Weekend lilac celebrations at Royal Botanical Gardens’ Arboretum include live entertainment and tours

Visitors to RBG can captivate their senses amongst one of the world’s largest and diverse lilac collections as it reaches peak bloom while enjoying weekend entertainment, guided tours, and special events.
On June 1 & 2; between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. there are a number of events at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Arboretum.

Lilac dell

It’s a little like walking through a perfume factory with fresh air to bring new fragrances to your nose.

Discover Lilacs
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum
Discover the seven colours of lilacs and learn about our world-renowned lilac collection.

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Four of the seven different types of lilacs at the RBG.

Guided Tour: History of Lilacs
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Arboretum
Follow a Garden Interpreter as they walk you through the story of our lilac collection. Meet at the start of the Lilac Walk.

Entertainment: Hands On Exotics
Saturday June 1
11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m.; Arboretum
Join us for a Jurassic Adventure! Get up close with a boa constrictor and other reptiles, and learn about these scaly friends.


This is what relaxing is all about.

Voices from the Past
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Arboretum
Keep an eye out for Isabella Preston while wandering through our Lilac Collection. Hear her stories about her work as one of Canada’s first female horticulturalists.

John Deere – Saturday June 1
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Arboretum
John Deere will be on-site all day as the proud sponsor of the 2019 Lilac Blooms. Take a photo with a John Deere tractor and enjoy some of their give-aways and promotions that will be available.

History of Hendrie Park Heritage Walk
Saturday June 1
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ; Hendrie Park
Learn about the history of RBG’s most popular garden area and hear the stories of the people who have changed this landscape and left their mark. Meet in the tunnel.

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Full bloom!

Wildflower Walk
1:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park
Join a Garden Interpreter for a guided walk along our trails and see what wildflowers are in bloom! Meet at the Nature Interpretive Centre front deck.

Discovery Packs
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Arboretum
Borrow a Discovery Pack from the Discovery Cart to take with you around the Gardens. These packs are complete with activity books and other tools to help you explore.


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