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“Relief from the cold”

Allan Gardens Conservatory
Ranked #36 of 532 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Donated by a prominent local philanthropist, these gardens boast a beautiful glass-domed Victorian structure.
Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

This is a lovely, free, well maintained, public greenhouse. The architecture from the early 1900s is great. It was fantastic to go from freezing cold outside to warm and tropical inside.

Two notes:
1, There are restrooms.
2, We thought we'd cut down a side street nearby, George St, to get to the greenhouse. I wouldn't recommend it. It did not look safe (just look for the strip club on the corner).

1  Thank waterangel21
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

a true oasis in the heart of the city...
love the warmth and feeling when i visit there
i go prob once every 2 months to relax

Thank 416GYPSY
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Readily accessible by public transit and within walking distance from most downtown hotels, the Conservatory provides a short but beautiful break from the noise and concrete of the city.

The Conservatory is made up of five separate greenhouses. As you enter in the front main doors, you experience the large palms and other tropical trees and plants. The other sections include another tropical garden with coleus and brugsmania which leads to a desert house with assorted cacti and succulents. The south sections include the main area in which the seasonal Flower Shows are displayed which leads to another tropical room with bromeliads and orchids.

Pros:

-all the public areas can be enjoyed leisurely in about two hours, not a huge complex
-free parking in the back
-no admission charge
-wheelchair accessible
-many photo opportunities

Cons:

-no restaurants nearby, bring a snack
-surrounding park kind of sketchy, would not recommend walking in the dark

3  Thank Paul J
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Reviewed March 12, 2014

After reading the Toronto Star article by Zoe McKnight I decided to plan a day trip with my friend to historical Allan Gardens Conservatory on March 10, 2014. We took the GO train from Newmarket to Union then TTC subway to College. We walked from College south on Yonge to Gerrard east to Jarvis to Horticultural Avenue apr. 10 minutes. The Spring Blooms show took our breath away it is a definite must see an oasis in the heart of Toronto! There were so many colourful blooms to see and fragrant smell of hyacinth. A great selection of healthy plants with signs to identify the names. The staff were very friendly answering our questions. We were feeling very weather-weary from snow and cold the longest winter in recent memory. We enjoyed our tropical getaway basking in the humid greenhouses. We arrived early at 10:10 to avoid the crowds. Free admission.

2  Thank Michele L
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

A nice small place to relax or read, great to get warmed up during the cold months. Great selection of succulent plants

1  Thank Leonardo G
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