Royal Botanical Gardens celebrates reopening of Rock Garden

The Rock Garden at the Royal Botanical Gardens has been the centre between Burlington and Hamilton for more than 80 years and has recently undergone a major facelift. Re-opening on May 19 with a ticketed celebration, the rejuvenated David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden features a new entrance and drop-off area and accessible parking in front of the new visitor centre, which itself becomes the new main entrance that includes a welcome desk, restaurant and washroom facilities. The beautiful courtyard now includes alpine plants while the new multi-purpose Tulip Area creates a welcoming area for events, children's programming and picnicking. The area has been completely re-landscaped using circular paths that mirror the original 1929 design and is one of the areas in the Rock Garden featuring a spring tulip collection and annuals. Many new pond and water features have been introduced with a few of these areas featuring spigots for waterfalls and lights to illuminate the water at night. New outdoor sound and lighting systems work to extend the hours of the RBG while new pathways feature gentle grading for improved accessibility.