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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Allan Gardens ~ A Touch of Spring in Winter


 Allan Gardens is one of Toronto's oldest parks ~ the conservatory built in 1910, and houses an amazing permanent collection of exotic plants which are supplemented with colourful seasonal flowers and flower shows. Spanning six greenhouses, approximately covering 16, 000 square feet.

This past weekend though the sun was shining there was a steady flow of visitors, taking in all the splendor. There are benches placed throughout - so you can rest or sit and take in all the beauty around you.

Along with the beautiful oasis in the city the park also offers ...
Lots of park benches to sit and enjoy the day ...  
A doggie park with separate off leash areas for large and small furbabies... 
A fenced playground for children with lots of slides, and playground equipment...
The doors to the conservatory beckon you in...
The glass ceiling is breath taking ... 
 From the moment you step through the doors it's like entering into spring ...
 the greenery and pathways from greenhouse to greenhouse pull you in.
 Pops of colour are everywhere ,,,

There's even some turtles to delight the young and those not so young... 



If you love orchids as much as I do, you will be in absolute orchid heaven!!

Allan Gardens is located at 19 Horticultural Avenue, (south side of Carlton Street, between: Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets). Easily accessible by TTC. Open year round 10 am - 5 pm , admission is free and wheel chair accessible. 

Some dates to make note of, from the Allan Gardens Conservatory website:

The 2017 Spring Flower Show will begin March 1, and run until May 14. The spring show culminates with the Easter flower show.

Easter Masses of various hydrangeas, Easter lilies and bulbs are in full bloom beginning Palm Sunday. The show runs for 3-4 weeks, ending after Easter.
The 2017 Easter Show will begin April 14.

Summer

The Summer Show features many of the newest varieties of annual flowers including coleus, geraniums, caladiums, cannas and impatiens. The show runs from June-September.
Fall
Discover the beauty of autumn in the City! The Fall Chrysanthemum Exhibition is featured from Early October to mid November. Hundreds of colourful pot mums, cascades, standards and baskets flourish in the conservatory.

Christmas Flower Show

The Christmas Flower Show is the highlight of the year. The entire conservatory is decorated and filled with thousands of flowering plants and more than 30 varieties of poinsettia. In addition, the conservatory features several topiary masterpieces inspired by the holiday season and created entirely of plant material.
Grand openings are held in December and visitors are treated to horse and wagon rides, carolers, hot apple cider and a visit from Santa.
Grand opening dates are as follows:
  • Allan Gardens Conservatory: 1st Sunday of December
The conservatory can also be enjoyed by candlelight on several weekends. The show runs until mid January. Please view the Parks, Forestry and Recreation calendar for more details.
Mark your Day Planners (I know I have) ... you will not want to to miss these flower shows!!

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4 comments:

  1. I love visiting gardens, we have a nice one here in STL yet it is fun to visit other ones when we're OOT. Such beautiful photos!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  2. I want that in my backyard. I love this place. Your pictures make me salivate and want to hop an airplane and go live there. I think what I love most is how long the conservatory has been around - and still housing miracles!

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  3. I want that in my backyard. I love this place. Your pictures make me salivate and want to hop an airplane and go live there. I think what I love most is how long the conservatory has been around - and still housing miracles!

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  4. I want that in my backyard. I love this place. Your pictures make me salivate and want to hop an airplane and go live there. I think what I love most is how long the conservatory has been around - and still housing miracles!

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