Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2016 - Page 9

Fall into exploration at RBG Each fall, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) showcases the vibrant red, orange and yellow colours of autumn throughout its many garden areas and natural lands. With over 27 kilometres of gentle and well-marked walking trails, it’s easy to experience fall’s beauty first-hand at RBG. For those wishing to take full advantage of the season’s crisp weather and striking colours, RBG’s trails offer beautiful views of Cootes Paradise and Carroll’s Bay Marsh. The trails include over 20 lookouts, 7 boardwalks and 21 stream crossings, and link to multiple other regional trails. Four nature sanctuaries blanket 90% of the Gardens’ 900 hectares of property in a diverse mix of escarpment, forests, fields and wetlands. These wrap around the western tip of Lake Ontario, forming a nodal park in the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The Arboretum becomes one of RBG’s most popular fall attractions with its beautiful Marshwalk Trail, delighting birdwatchers and hikers alike. Whether in a group or on your own, RBG’s trails are sure to satisfy all nature lovers. November 19 to January 1 RBG Centre / Hendrie Park Don’t miss RBG’s annual holiday season celebration, featuring the RBG Train Show. Hop on the RBG Express and take a train ride through beautiful Hendrie Park strewn with magical Christmas lights. Enjoy festive entertainment and make your way through Candy Cane Garden to visit Santa in his cabin. Now you can continue the fall experience with a taste of it too. Executive Chef Stephanie Brewster and her staff at RBG Centre’s Greenhouse Café and David Braley & Nancy Gordon Rock Garden’s café work closely with RBG gardeners to incorporate homegrown ingredients into your garden-totable culinary experience. The Rock Garden café is the newest addition to dining at RBG. The recently rejuvenated Rock Garden features a state-of-the-art visitor centre, which includes the restaurant. The restaurant itself features an eclectic, brunch-style menu that boasts fresh, locally sourced ingredients, many picked straight from our gardens. The café’s outdoor patio provides an inspiring bird’s-eye view of the garden’s rejuvenated lower bowl. Fall-themed events at RBG also include magical nights on The Great Pumpkin Trail. Grandchildren will love the hundreds of jack-o-lanterns lighting the way along RBG’s garden and Woodland Gardne trail at Hendrie Park. In the evenings of October 20 and 21, visitors are treated to live entertainment, face painting and pumpkin-themed activities. • Celebrating our 10th year! ~ Autumn 2016 9