Allan Gardens

The Allan Gardens and Conservatory features plants from around the world and admission is always free

Allan Gardens Conservatory
Allan Gardens Conservatory cc licensed photo by Diego3336

Allan Gardens, one of the oldest parks in Toronto, first opened all the way back in 1858. The park is named after former Toronto mayor George William Allan who donated the land. Admission to the park is always free.

Allan Gardens features a conservatory and six greenhouses with an area of over 16000 square feet that showcase rare varieties of beautiful tropical plants from around the world. Featured in the centre is the domed 'Palm House' conservatory constructed in 1910. In the Palm House bamboo and banana trees tower above you.

The gardens feature special seasonal displays including an Easter Show, a Fall Show and, highlighting the year, the Christmas Show when the conservatory gets decorated and filled with flowering plants and 40 plus varieties of poinsettias.

The park grounds are populated with a variety of mature trees including sugar maples, red oak, black cherry and American beech. Most of the trees are 100 plus years old. If you love plants and flowers you shouldn't miss this beautiful oasis in the heart of the city.

Access to the park is easy via public transit. For detailed information about the park see their official website linked to below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: Allan Gardens Children's Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto, ON M5A 2P2, Canada

Phone: (416) 392-7288

Official Website: Allan Gardens

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Bloor-Danforth LineSherbourne Station1 MInute
Yonge-University-Spadina LineQueen's Pk or College Station1 MInute

How to get to Allan Gardens by TTC Subway

From Sherbourne Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line take the #75 Sherbourne bus south to Sherbourne at Gerrard Street East. A path into the gardens starts at the northwest corner of the intersection.

From Queens Park or College Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Line take the #506 Main Street Station streetcar east to Carleton Street at Jarvis Street. The gardens are just south on Jarvis. You can also skip the streetcar and walk to the garden from College Station in about 8 minutes.

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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating Beautiful conservatory filled with all manner of plants. They have different zones such as cacti, tropical, and more boreal. It's great to get a dose of green in the concrete jungle.

Owen Wiseman - 3 hours ago

5 Star Rating We love, love, love the conservatory. At least my daughter does. The turtles, the cool, humid atmosphere. It's just a great place to visit - especially during the winter months. They have public restrooms that can get a little sketchy with some of the local riff-raff using the place to sponge bathe sometimes... And in times of fair weather, out the back door is a great playground.

Steve Norrie - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Huge greenhouse with all kinds of plants open all year round. Really cool to walk through and see all that they have on display. They also have children's programs and holiday events like horse and buggy rides.

Ian McKenzie - 6 days ago

4 Star Rating Beautiful gardens. A little tricky pushing a wheelchair around. Ramps are really steep. Had some live music going on, but that made moving around in the greenhouse area difficult (space is tight). Inside and outside gardens--very nice in good weather.

Paula Van Rassel - 28 days ago

5 Star Rating Always try to make a stop here when I’m in the city. Open to the public, the gardens are always so fresh and luscious. The park is a great place for picnics or spend some time reading or people watching. Great spot to bring kids, friends and tourists. Lots to learn or just a lot to look at.

Lou Anne - 2 months ago

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A visit to Allan Gardens on a cold day in December

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