Labour Day Weekend brings the annual Teddy Bear Picnic to The Laking Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens. We encountered hundreds of teddy bears picnicking all throughout the gardens. Hundreds of children came to join the picnic along with favourite “stuffies” of their own.
1. We learned that the Laking Garden name comes not because it sits on a lake, but because it is named after Dr. Leslie Laking whose work guided the development of the Royal Botanical Gardens for 65 years.
5. The “No Mow, No Blow, No H2O” garden showed us three different ways to go green. These gardens are laid out in front of charming, cutout-style cottage facades. At the foot of each one,
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8. Children’s entertainers, Turkey Rhubarb, led the bears and kids in song. We learned that turkey rhubarb is a root that contains special medicinal properties and has been one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine for centuries.
22. Many volunteers from the 300-member RBG Auxillary made this special weekend possible.
23. Honeybear and Ganz checked over our completed scavenger hunt form to ensure it was complete.
24. We were awarded with a bag of gummy bears for successful completion of the scavenger hunt.
25. Some of our own best friends wave goodbye to the bears and The Laking Garden — Bunny, Bobo the monkey, Rocky the manatee (BFF), and Buffy the buffalo.