- Music at the Gardens Summer Concerts: Tranquil Tuesdays and Red Hot Jazz & Cool Blues
- Used Bulb Sale
- Auxiliary Garden Party
- Public Programs: Painting/Canoeing/Gardening
- Facebook Contest (with membership)
- North American Lily Society Show and Convention
- Garden Tours for RBG Members
- Guest Speakers
- Kids Camps
- Veggie Village: 100 Mile Produce Gardens
- VIA Rail Garden Route Contest
- Photo Contest: Never-ending!
- Garden Shop Sale: June 22nd
Monday, May 16, 2011
RBG – Spring Paradise Found
If there is ever any doubt whether spring has arrived, your fears can be quelled at the RBG. I always love going to events throughout the year at the RBG as the beautiful gift shop and indoor & outdoor gardens are a pick me up for all your senses.
The day I was at the RBG centre, it was a busy place with several tour buses of visitors and many meetings on the go. The front flower beds were full of yellow and red tulips, a bright welcome to everyone! I had a meeting in one of the far classrooms, so I had a chance to walk through the Mediterranean Garden – the hyacinths in the greenhouse smelled heavenly. I buy forced bulbs in winter so the house is filled with that wonderful aroma. The flowering vines and many other plants were in bloom. I always find the Mediterranean Garden a hidden oasis with its fish ponds, benches tucked away in quiet corners and canopy of blooming tropical plants.
The other weekend was Mother’s Day and the café at the gardens served brunch to over 600 people! Since we finally had some spring-like weather, many people visited the Rock Gardens to see the tulips in bloom. Once the Tulip Festival finishes, the Lilac Festival begins on the May long weekend and then the Rose Festival follows in June and July in Hendrie Park.
There are so many things to see and do at the Gardens. I can’t mention them all here, but will give you a taste of things to come: