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 VisitFee: No
Currently ClosedHours 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
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Bloor-Danforth Line||Sherbourne Station||1 MInute|
|Yonge-University-Spadina Line||Queen's Pk or College Station||1 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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These Gardens are something to behold. My first time ever visiting Allan Gardens it happened to be on a very snowy February stepping inside the contrast was immense Lush warm and colorful the interior offered an immediate Escape from the bitter winter weather. This is actually the right place to go to if you want to escape the cold and remember what spring and summer is like. You can see all three parts of the Interior Garden within about half an hour to 45 minutes if you take your time. A desert and dry location a tropical location and then a much more moist lush location.
Sonu Singh - 6 days ago
I love this garden so much. Absolute favourite spot in the city for any day. It’s free, it’s very well taken care of, it’s beautiful inside and it’s always a nice escape from the bustling city right out side. I’ve been here so many times and enjoy it more and more each time. Everyone needs to visit Allan Gardens and support the green space in the city!
Noora Kassab - 7 days ago
If you have never visited this place it should be on your list. Lovely space to wander especially in the dead of winter to beat those winter blues. During the spring and summer the conservatory is surrounded by beautiful outdoor gardens. The city has done a great job here and the best thing is it is free :)
Jenny Lam - 25 days ago
A beautiful colourful escape, especially to forget the chill and scenery of a bare grey winter. Entrance is free so that makes even more easily enjoyable. There are benches to stop and read a book and extend your time in the warmth and peaceful green surroundings. Plenty of paths to wander down and info boards with interesting information on some flora.
Kyra Freer - 1 month ago
A botanical dream in the middle of the big city! WOW!!!! Seasonal floral accents amid multiple conservatories. Tropical, cactus and succulents along meandering paths. With its storied past and historical significance, this is one place any Toronto history buff must see. Best of all? IT'S FREE!
Grant C - 1 month ago