By Lori Bosworth
You have probably passed by the Allan Gardens Conservatory in downtown Toronto many times, but have you ever stopped in for a visit? The conservatory houses native and rare tropical plants and is a wonderful oasis of escape. Operated by Toronto Parks and Recreation, the conservatory is currently hosting the Easter Flower Show along with its Spring Flower Show. Here’s a chance to see spring in full bloom in the five different houses that make up the conservatory.
The Easter Flower Show, which features Easter lilies and hydrangeas in various colours, is set up in the Palm House. You’ll also find banana trees, bamboo trees and a Screw Pine in this sunlit room with a huge, domed-ceiling.
See gorgeous orchids, hibiscus and turtles sunning by the waterwheel in The Orchid House.
The Cool House is where you’ll find hyacinths, tulips, pansies and delphiniums, as well as a waterfall and goldfish pond.
The Cactus House has cactus, of course, and other plants that require warm temperatures.
There were a surprising number of visitors to the Easter Flower Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory, but I did visit during Easter weekend. If you visit during the week, there is probably less of a crowd.
Allan Gardens Conservatory is located at 19 Horticultural Avenue, just north of Gerrard Street East and west of Sherbourne Street.