The Royal Botanical Garden in Hamilton, Ontario, is actually made up of four different gardens (or parks) plus the RGB Centre, which ties them all together. I’m ashamed to admit I had never been there before. It’s about a one hour drive from my house. It’s just beyond Ikea (for local folks that’s a Canadian landmark!).
I was able to visit the Hendrie Park gardens – formal gardens with a tea house, lily collection, scented garden, rose garden, a medicinal garden and more. I’ll post about that visit some other time. I was having camera trouble there, so I don’t have a lot of good photos.
This post is on the beautiful Rock Garden. Technically, it’s referred to as the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden. Rock garden is a misnomer – it is most decidedly not a rock garden. Rock gardens are conventionally alpine gardens. This is a quarry garden, much like Butchart Gardens‘ Quarry Garden in Victoria, BC, Canada.
You can spend a full day visiting the entirety of the four parks. I only had a few hours of an afternoon, and did get to do quick spins of the Hendrie, Laking, and Rock Gardens. The Rock Garden was, by far, my favorite.