Nature and plant lovers alike will rejoice at a visit to Toronto's Allan Gardens Conservatory. The Conservatory is open year-round, and visitors can acquire their green-thumbs and marvel at the conservatory's expansive collection no matter the season.
Check out this video that takes you inside one of the greenhouses:
The Allan Gardens Conservatory dates back to 1858 when a local politician gave a five-acre plot of land to the Toronto Horticultural Society to develop a garden. Since then, it has expanded to six different greenhouses at the size of 16,000 square feet. With plant species from all over the world, you can spend hours upon hours marveling at natural beauty in its simplicity.
The six greenhouses inside of the conservatory all have something different on display. There are two venues dedicated to tropical species, in addition to a third (and different) tropical landscape greenhouse, which has lush and exotic plants such as the hibiscus and a green jade vine. A visit to the palm house will show you palm trees and bananas, and a walk down to the cool-temperate region boasts plants from Australia as well as the Mediterranean. Lastly, a visit to Allan Gardens won't be complete without seeing the arid zone, where the greenhouse is stuffed with various cacti and agave. The latest addition is the charming Children's Conservatory. Built in 2004, the space hosts workshops for local children to educate and inspire a new generation of plant lovers!
Allan Gardens has different exhibits and shows for every turning of the season. As an example, for their Christmas show, the conservatory displays thousands of flowering plants and over forty kinds of poinsettias. Come spring-time, the greenhouses are full of flowering bulbs and Easter lilies.
If you're looking for something relaxing and out of the hustle and bustle of Toronto, pay a visit to Allan Gardens.
Cover image by John Bauld is licensed under CC by 2.0.