Allan Gardens

Established in the late 1850s, the Allan Gardens is an urban oasis that's open to Toronto's residents and visitors for free. This lush green space includes several greenhouses that display a wide range of plants from different regions of the world. From palm trees to succulents, visitors will see beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees that normally don't grow in Canada. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

Background and History

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As a successful member of Toronto's political scene in the middle of the 19th century, George Allan promoted the development of the city. He allowed a local horticultural organization to use several acres for municipal purposes. By the late 1870s, the society opened a grand pavilion for various public events, such as entertainment shows and trade shows that focused on horticulture. At the beginning of the 20th century, the original pavilion burned down. Leaders of Toronto quickly raised funds to rebuild the structure and expand the municipal gardens. Robert McCallum was hired to design the architectural plans of a new conservatory that included the Palm House. At time of the its opening, the rebuilt structure was more than double the size of the original pavilion. Several greenhouses were integrated into the expansion project that greatly revived the city's public gardens. Other wings were added to the greenhouse in the late 1950s. Faculty members involved in botanical studies at the University of Toronto also played a key role in the early development of the greenhouses. It took about half a century for Toronto to further expand the indoor conservatory with a section that was designated for children. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour.

Highlights

The conservatory at the Allan Gardens has a distinct glass dome that's been well-maintained and preserved since its opening in the early 20th century. Several small domes flank the main dome that dominates the atrium section of the building. Two facilities are reserved specifically for tropical plants and flowers that are extremely sensitive to slight variations in temperatures and humidity. Additionally, the Palm House features a display of exotic palms and other species that typically grow in jungles and rain forests. You might even see some bananas hanging from some of the trees at this historic greenhouse. Colorful orchids and begonia are planted in the tropical greenhouses. The Tropical Landscape House provides an ideal setting for other beautiful plants that are associated with paradise-like settings. For example, hibiscus flowers are some of the most eye-catching highlights at this section of the conservatory. The Cool Temperate House is home to plants that naturally grow in Mediterranean and Australian climates. At the Arid House, you can look at botanical species from various deserts worldwide. Succulent plants and cacti are mostly on display in this house that has dry air with low humidity and high temperatures. An off-leash dog park and children's playground are also open to the public at the Allan Gardens.

Visiting Allan Gardens

Situated near Cabbagetown, the Allan Gardens is easy to reach by public transportation. Running on Carlon Street, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) 306 and 506 streetcars stop near this park. The Yonge-University subway line stops at College Station, which is located just a few blocks west of the gardens. Additionally, the 75 bus line drops off passengers on Sherbourne Street, which marks the attraction's eastern edge. Charging fees for short-term use, several parking garages and lots are located off Jarvis Street and other roads just west of the park. Additionally, Bike Share Toronto stations are located at several points throughout the lush complex.

Location: 160 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 2E5

Click here to visit Allan Gardens official website.

Published On: 2019-06-07
Updated On: 2019-06-07

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