Traveling around the globe always includes one important stop on our itinerary: visiting the local botanical garden or a conservatory. Thus, during our recent trip to Toronto in Canada we visited the wonderful Allan Gardens Conservatory. This complex of greenhouses is probably the best option if you travel to downtown Toronto and prefer to stick around the city center. It is centrally located and you can reach the Allan Gardens Conservatory easily with public transportation. To make things even better: It is free for the public!
The Allan Gardens Conservatory is over 100 years old and is part of Toronto’s botanical gardens. It features several interconnected greenhouses with a pleasant variety of floras and climates – from lush tropicals, over desert dry succulents and cacti, to thriving florals such as heavy-headed hydrangeas. Little ponds make a habitat for fish and a colony of turtles – all framed by blooming bromeliads and other tropical foliage.
If you want a little refuge from the city’s hustle and bustle, this might be the place to go. Opt for a weekday and morning hours to avoid crowds. Benches invite the visitors to linger and contemplate – surrounded by a real urban jungle. And honestly, there is nothing more invigorating and soothing than an hour or two surrounded by thriving plants in the heart of a buzzing metropolis!
Go and check it out for yourself – at the Allan Gardens Conservatory in Toronto, Canada, or your local botanical garden or greenhouse. Stay green!
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