Toronto Landmarks: Allan Gardens

Allan Gardens is a botanical landmark in the heart of downtown Toronto. It has six different greenhouses that hold various plans and flours from all over the world in 4,900 square feet of space. Some greenhouses offer cooler climates for plants like citrus trees, others more temperate climates for orchids and bromeliads. Another greenhouse has hibiscus flowers and ginger root, and there is an entire separate greenhouse dedicated to cacti and other desert plants.

The park is also one of Toronto’s oldest, opened in 1858 by the Prince of Wales. This plant conservatory is open year-round and even has over 40 different species of poinsettias during the winter holiday season. Admission to see all of the rare plants, hundred-year-old trees and wildlife (including a species of squirrel that is unique to the park) is completely free.

Many movies and television shows have been shot in Allen Gardens’ famous and unique-looking Palm House structure, including 2010’s Chloe, which had quite a recognizable scene in the trailer that took place in the garden.

The park also recently underwent a large revitalization project that saw the opening of a 3,000 square meter off-leash dog walking area complete with durable plants to better tolerate being trampled on by dogs.

Allan Gardens is located at 19 Horticultural Avenue on the southern side of Carlton Street between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 416-392-7288

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