Allan Gardens Conservatory, Toronto

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#6 of 86 in Parks in Toronto
Stroll through Allan Gardens Conservatory, a historical set of buildings and gardens filled with exotic and native plant life. The centerpiece glass and cast-iron conservatory dates from 1910 and houses a collection of tall banana plants, bamboos, and screw pines. Four other greenhouses display differing collections of plants from across the world, including an impressive range of cacti and succulents, orchids and bromeliads, cypresses and citruses. A playground offers pleasant diversion for younger visitors, while outdoor seasonal flower shows keep the gardens blooming and lush throughout the year. Using our custom trip planner, Toronto attractions like Allan Gardens Conservatory can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • plants absolutely ' ordinary ', really not worth the effort to go there. I like to always visit the botanical gardens of cities (civil) where to step, but this location is pretty "common" and not have anything special to offer. I really think it was a "waste of time" visit it.
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  • The Allen gardens is well worth the visit. It is a series of very large glass conservatories with a huge array of beautiful plants. They do up some big displays for the Christmas season along with hay...  more »
  • The greenhouses housed several different temperate zones, tropical, arid, etc with a nice variety of plants. THere was a plant sale going on when we visited as well.  more »
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  • I do not own a dog, yet I love this sanctuary within the city . Today was a sunny day, with a breeze , and the best kind of weather to enjoy this green space to the fullest. The gardens are a mix of colorful splendor near the greenhouse to the bare and dug up spots nearer the edge of the garden on Carlton. It has it's issues, but I still give it a 5 star , mainly because it isn't perfect. Life isn't kind to everyone , and like the unfinished garden on the edges of the park , you can see people from all walks of life. Some are handling life's stresses better then others, but the fact is we are all flowers waiting to bloom.
  • Allan Gardens is a slice of paradise located right in downtown Toronto. If you have a dog, doggy paradise isn’t far away either. There’s a fenced-off Park for dogs to run around, meet new “paw” friends (and perhaps even secret lovers). There’s a doggy fountain for drinking (dogs like to fight over it), benches for dog walkers, owners, and watchers, and even a big green doggy statue. Doggy paradise is separated into two parks: one for medium to big dogs, and one for small dogs and puppies. As for Allan Gardens itself, it’s without a doubt a hidden gem on the city, and a favourite for many. *Advice* go in the late morning at around 10:30 am once the plants have been watered. The smell of freshly watered plants will be better than the smell of your morning coffee, and, on a sunny day, the sun light shines through the green house and lights up the drops of water on the plants and trees. *Advice*: Easter weekend offers a uniquely colourful display of beautiful flowers, a great place for a morning family walk. The display of colourful flowers, plants, and trees is nothing short of magnificent. It’s also very well maintained by city staff. They have a permanent selection on display (which includes tropical banana trees), as well as a selection of plants, flowers, and trees that are changed to match the season or event (eg Easter) of the year. Also of interest is a fish-filled pound with a statue of Zeus in the form of a swan seducing Leda. You can read the short piece of Greek metrology that accompanied the statue. The water-run windmill and turtle pond is also a popular attraction at Allen Gardens.
  • NICE OASIS OF GREEN IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO This park is a great spot to bring your four-legged friend. Quiet spots to sit and relax. In winter it has a fascinating appearance (at least for us non-Canadians who find snow very alluring!) with snow laden trees and a white frosty stillness everywhere.
  • I love Allan Gardens. The place is breathtaking in the summer and in the winter. The plants are obviously well taken care of, the place is impeccably clean, and the "exhibits" are varied ad interesting. Taking a stroll here in the summer is nice, but in the winter, it's a real treat. Being in a humid tropical rainforest in the middle of a winter storm and then going back out into the beautiful cold snow when you're done is a really cool experience. I would highly recommend anyone visit this place! The operating hours aren't as flexible as I'd like, but on the other hand, it's completely free, so I can't fault them for that.
  • The green house in here is fantastic! It's worth the visit to see the tropical plants. Specially in the winter, it's like taking a fresh warm breath during the months of cold temperature. The park in general is quite nice. Unfortunately, it's home for a lot of people drinking and doing drugs. But a park in the middle of the city is better than a pure concrete zone.
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