If you search online for tourist attractions in Toronto, Allan Gardens is usually not included in the "Top 10 Best" type of listicles. But, if you enjoy flowers or are an architecture buff, Allan Gardens is worth a visit. After-all, it's just a 10-15 minutes walk from the main shopping belt in Toronto.
Allan Gardens was founded during the Victorian Era in 1858 and the greenhouse built in 1909 - that's 108 years ago! If you want to see what a century old green house is like, there's one right here in Toronto.
Stepping inside, you will be greeted by tall palms and banana trees in the "Palm House". The signature iron and glass dome is right above your head.
There are two main sections, the "Tropical House" and the "Cool House".
There are many orchids in the "Tropical House".
There is even a corner set aside for award winning hybrids.
There is a cactus section.
Allan Gardens staff are glad to help visitors appreciate the collection in the greenhouse. They are inspiring gardeners inspiring other gardeners.
The "Cool House" is the home of many colourful temperate climate flowers. (Remember the Toronto winter is biting cold outside.)
The "Cool House" has a mini waterfall and a toy train which are the delight of many children and not a few adults.
Another children's favourite is the terrapin pond and waterwheel. Little wonder that Allan Gardens is a popular spot for family outings.
The statue of Leda and the Swan was installed for the Christmas Show of 2008.
Allan Gardens is not big by any standards (just 16,000 sq ft). It doesn't awe like the modern giant acre size conservatories around the world.
But, little Allan Gardens charms with its warm, welcoming, intimate and personal feel. I overheard many home gardeners consulting friendly Allan Gardens staff about plant care and gardening. I am sure many are inspired to set up their own gardens after visiting Allan Gardens.
Outside the Allan Gardens conservatory is a park and a popular dog run.
The nearest subway station to Allan Gardens is College. After exiting the station, head east along Carlton street.
Allan Gardens is at the junction of Carlton and Jervis streets, 2 blocks away (about 15 minutes walk) from College station.
I should add that entrance to Allan Gardens is free of charge 😄
Date: 12 Mar 2017