One of the most gorgeous places in all of Ontario is the Allan Gardens Conservatory. Every season, the gardeners go above and beyond what you would expect, and the displays are enchanting. The Allan Gardens are also one of the city’s hottest date spots, perfect for a romantic walk any time of year. Around the holidays, though, it’s something else: working with the Centennial Park Conservatory, Allan Gardens puts on the most fantastic Christmastime display and it truly is the highlight of the year.
The Allan Gardens Conservatory is composed of six greenhouses. The Tropical Houses contain plants like orchids and begonias; the Palm House dome houses bananas, tropical vines, and other seasonal plants; and the other greenhouses have everything else you could possibly imagine. It is very easy to spend an entire day just visiting the regular greenhouses, let alone the seasonal ones! The Winter Flower Show is free to attend as well, another reason to visit the Allan Gardens.
The Centennial Park Conservatory is smaller than the Allan Gardens Conservatory, and houses three greenhouses. There is a tropical house and an arid house, and the third is where the Christmastime display is. On top of the beautiful plants you’ll get to see, you’ll also more than likely spot some gorgeous wildlife! There are turtles, birds, and koi all around the greenhouses, and you’ll probably spot other things too!
Both conservatories will have over 30 varieties of poinsettia, and thousands of flowering plants. On top of that, both of them will be decorated for the holidays, with wreath and tinsel everywhere! The best part about all of this, though, is walking through the main conservatory by candlelight. On weekends after sunset, candles are lit to illuminate the area and it is so beautiful. Make sure you head out before mid-January, visiting the Allan Gardens Conservatory by candlelight will be something you’ll never forget.