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.
There’s also the Laking Garden, with its iris, peony and clematis collections – and a hosta walk. There’s also an Arboretum Park, an many nature trails, which I did not visit. this trip.
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.
The RBG rock garden is definitely one of my favourites. With so many wonderful plants, trees & the winding paths, there’s something interesting to see around every corner. I especially love the sweeping views – it’s such a tranquil garden.