Allan Gardens

While we have been fortunate enough this winter to not feel overwhelmed by cold and snow, the 16,000 square foot space in Torontos’ Allan Gardens is a great respite from any dreary gray days still to come.

Set in one of Toronto’s oldest parks the central area of the conservatory is a beautiful cast iron and glass domed “Palm House”  built in 1910 showcasing bananas, bamboo, a large Screw Pine and of course gigantic palm plants.

You can enjoy the calm of the Cool house with it’s citrus trees while relaxing near the waterfall or imagine being some where in the islands while visiting the Tropical House that displays a beautiful selection of orchids and bromeliads. 

In another humid tropical room you will find hibiscus and ginger and further along you can enough the desert heat of the Cactus Room. 

October at Allan Gardens gives people the opportunity to enjoy a huge variety of chrysanthemums, while over Christmas time the Conservatory features a holiday show of over 40 different varieties of poinsettias and offers guests wagon rides, cider and treats.  During the last two weeks of December you also have the opportunity to enjoy the greenhouse under candlelight.

Spring bulbs and cooler crops begin decorating the space beginning in February leading up to the popular Easter show.

No matter what time of the year you visit Allan Gardens is a great place to escape the city, relax with a book and surround yourself with beauty.

To get there:

Allan Gardens can be reached by taking Yonge subway to College Street and then an eastbound Carlton streetcar to Sherbourne St.

It is located on the south side of Carlton St. between Jarvis Ave. and Sherbourne St.

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