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conservatory (the 1932 building was donated by the University of Toronto in 2003), a brand new playground and two fenced off-leash dog parks. Today Allan Gardens spans over


16,000-square-feet and has a total of six greenhouses which include: • Two tropical houses displaying


captivating orchids, bromeliads, bego- nias and gesneriads. • Cool temperate house with camel-


lias, jasmine and plants from Australia and the Mediterranean on display with other temperate beau- ties of the plant world. • The Palm House filled with majestic palms, bananas,


Allan Gardens in 1920. City of Toronto Archives.


such as cycads, gingers, hibiscus and a green jade vine. • The arid house has cacti and


succulents, including collections of agave, opuntia, haworthia and aloe. To this day, Allan Gardens is still


free to the public and open 365 days per year, and in addition to the perma- nent collections visitors can enjoy seasonal and award winning flower shows. Prominent among them is the Christmas Flower show which has


tropical vines and seasonal plants, featured under the historic Palm House dome. • Tropical landscape house, a greenhouse featuring exotics


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been recognized as “Garden Event of the Year”, when the conservatory is blanketed with over 30 varieties of poinset- tias, topiary masterpieces and evening candlelight enjoy- ment. x For more information about Allan Gardens visit toronto.ca/


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Photo courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives.


Photo courtesy of Allan Gardens


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