Here's When a Stunning New Rose Garden is Coming to Burlington


it’s almost time … you’ll be stopping and smelling the roses in Burlington all summer.

It’s soon approaching and we absolutely can’t wait.

The rejuvenated Rose Garden is opening at the Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Park on June 23.

You can expect to see major crowds through to September.(Keep in mind, Hendrie Park currently remains open for visitors).

Centennial Rose Garden was first planted in 1967.

But pesticide laws, changing climates, and disease-prone roses have warranted a re-do.

The rose collection has suffered.

Construction is underway on the new project, featuring diversity of both plants and garden design.

The new Rose Garden plan features a spectacular display of roses and companion plants intended to extend seasonal interest and keep diseases at bay.

RBG’s focus is on disease-resistant, disease-tolerant and cold-hardy roses, including Canadian introductions, according to information posted on its website.

It’s being billed as an “innovative, sustainable and inspiring experience, the quintessential rose garden for Canada’s largest botanical garden.”

Donations are welcome.

Centennial Rose Garden Timeline

The Centennial Rose Garden has provided more than 50 years of memories to generations that have walked its pathways. Here’s a timeline courtesy of RBG.

  • 1964: Centennial Rose Garden designed by J. Austin Floyd
  • 1965: Construction of Centennial Rose Garden begins
  • 1967: Rose Garden opens to the public in recognition of Canada’s Centennial Year
  • 1974: Turner Pavilion Teahouse opens
  • 1975: Twin pergolas designed by Arthur Scott are completed
  • 2008: Reflecting ponds open to the public
  • 2017: Construction of the new Rose Garden begins
  • 2018: Summer - new Rose Garden opens to the public

Despite the best efforts of RBG’s horticulture team, the collection had suffered in recent years,” the website reads. “Using environmentally-friendly treatments could not outweigh the reality that the garden was made up of a large monoculture of disease-prone Hybrid teas and Floribunda roses in the shadow of large shade trees.”

 In 2017, construction began on the rejuvenated garden, “sacrificing a year of roses in order to take the rose garden in a bold new direction.”

Will you be checking out the roses in Burlington?

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