Centennial Park Conservatory

I’m currently on a mission to find as many conservatories and greenhouses that are open to the public year round that will help be able to get me over the winter hump.  I know, I said the W word but now that the heat wave has snapped (does a week actually count as a wave?) and the nights are getting cooler ( yes 12 degrees can be considered cool) it’s time for me to find my ‘green’ havens to keep me happy over the long, dreary winter season.

Centennial Park Conservatory (2)Centennial Pak Conservatory is located in Etobicoke just off Rathburn Road near Mill Road.  It’s 2000 square meters consist of 6 growing houses, a potting shed and bulb center that supplies the surrounding park with plants and an 8 ½ meter tropical house with 2 display wings on opposite sides of the main house that are open everyday from 10-5pm free of charge.

Bird of Paradise (2)

The south wing of the Conservatory consists of all varieties of cacti, while the main center house displays unusual plants like banana trees, birds of paradise and palms.  The North wing changes each season with the well-known ‘Christmas at the Conservatory” being an extremely popular annual event with huge floral displays and festive choral singers.

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The day I visited, the North wing was displaying all different colors and varieties of Coleus which was an awesome example how great these annuals can look in any garden.

To the front of the building were several annual flower beds and a pond garden though both needed a fair bit of weeding and tidying up.  It’s not a very large place, having only taken about ½ hour to see everything, it does however have some interesting specimen on display that some might never have seen before.

I look forward to coming back when all is cold and dark this winter and I definitely plan on checking out the Christmas displays.

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