Parks and recreation in Toronto – conservatories and greenhouses

At Centennial Park Conservatory, ©John Vetterli/Flickr

At Centennial Park Conservatory, ©John Vetterli/Flickr

The city of Toronto lately has become one of the most impressive cities in the country of Canada. The city has an admirable sense of community and is gradually gaining a cosmopolitan flavor. Toronto is the symbol of a communal center which has magnificent and beautiful natural spaces. Among the most important public conservatories in downtown and the western area of the city appear the Centennial Park Conservatory, the Allan Gardens Conservatory and the Cloud Gardens Conservatory. The production greenhouses of Toronto are also worth mentioning. They are not open to the public but they play an important role in the life of the city. All nature and botanic enthusiasts are welcome to visit Toronto!

Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory

The beloved Allan Gardens Conservatory is located in the center of Toronto and is visited by many tourists every year. In 1910 it was added a lovely ‘Palm House’ to the conservatory which makes it even more popular. If you like exotic plants Allan Gardens Conservatory is for you! The facility is a magnificent piece of art that gives home to a permanent collection of various palm trees and other exotic plants such as orchids, caladiums, cacti and hibiscus. The conservatory also exhibits a diverse collection of seasonal plants and flowers.

Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory, ©Nagyman/Flickr

Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory, ©Nagyman/Flickr

Cloud Gardens Conservatory

Also in the center of Toronto the Cloud Gardens Conservatory, a public park is to be found, a peaceful oasis in a busy area where anyone can find shelter. The park is designed elaborately and has won the Governor General’s Architectural Award. In the conservatory there is a monument designed by Margaret Priest and built in the honor of construction workers. The conservatory also has several terraces with bridges, a five story waterfall and a tropical cloud forest. In the middle of a busy day if you need a rest and some quite time, take a detour to Cloud Gardens. It is ideal for picnics and family outings or fun time outs with friends.

Purple flower at Cloud Garden Conservatory, ©marc falardeau/Flickr

Purple flower at Cloud Garden Conservatory, ©marc falardeau/Flickr

Centennial Park Conservatory

The Centennial Park is a regional park that lies on 5252 acres. The conservatory has several plant collections and seasonal exhibitions and also lots of fun things to see and do. There are six greenhouses in the conservatory, public golf courses, sports fields, go-cart track, tennis courts and several picnic sites. Visit the tropical houses, the palm house and the cool temperate house and admire the beauties of nature.

At Centennial Park Conservatory, ©John Vetterli/Flickr

At Centennial Park Conservatory, ©John Vetterli/Flickr

Behind the Scenes

The two production greenhouses of the city are not open to the public however these are the places where the seasonal plants exhibited in the conservatories, parks and natural areas of Toronto are grown. Visit Toronto and do not hesitate to enter the green world!

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