Allan Gardens Conservatory

Designers: Langley, Langley and Burke | City: Toronto, ON | Project Type: botanical gardens
Date Visited: 08.30.12
Location: 19 Horticultural Avenue, Toronto, ON M5A 2P2
Size: over 16,000 sq. ft
Official Opening Date: 1860s

Since I picked the end of August to start my journey, it was pretty disappointing to have missed out on the city’s spectacular summer blooming season. So my docent for the Toronto Music Garden recommended that I visit the Allan Gardens Conservatory. A botanical gem in the heart of the city, the Allan Gardens Conservatory showcases a diverse and beautiful collection of exotic plants in a series of connected greenhouses. The icing on the cake? It’s free to the public and open every day of the year.

Composed of six greenhouses over an area of 16,000 square feet, Allan Gardens Conservatory is a real treat for the senses. Even when its outer gardens have shed their petals, the conservatory’s greenhouse plants stay in bloom all throughout the year.

The architectural highlight is the “Palm House,” a historic, cast-iron and glass domed Victorian-styled building that was built in 1910 and has become a favorite spot for wedding photos. There’s no real order as you move through the greenhouses, but each one does have a distinct theme.

I loved the rich layering of colors and textures, particularly in the leaves and flower brachts.

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