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 4.6 out of 5

5 Star Rating I feel that Toronto should have more of this type of places. Great place for wedding photo (although you need a permit). Also a relaxing place to escape away from the fast pace DT environment. Only down side is because this place is like a greenhouse, it is quite warm and humid on hot days.

Ray Du - 3 days ago

4 Star Rating Nice park, however it is always very busy. Most kids who go there are under seven or eight. My daughter is 10 and she loves the park, but she prefers to come at off peak times so that she can actually use the playground equipment. The younger children tend to be all over the place and parental supervision usually isn't very good.

Wendy Russell - 7 days ago

4 Star Rating I love to visit during the dark winter months. You can just sit in here for free and enjoy being surrounded by the life in the greenhouse, ignoring the cold outside and reminding yourself what plants look like. Equally nice in the spring and summer when you're in a good mood and just want to take pictures of pretty flowers.

Florence McCambridge - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely beautiful if you're into plants!! It wasn't too busy when we went so it was nice. It's free to go in which is amazing. I just love it here. Very beautiful and calming!

Nancy Nguyen - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating Allan Gardens is like an urban sanctuary for me. You would have to be the worst photographer in the world to not get a good shot. I see people complaining about the cast of characters in the surrounding park: they are part of the experience. They don't bother anybody and it is *ahem* a PUBLIC park. I most recently went with some other moms and our children. The overzealous Viking-sized horticulturalist staffed there needs to take a chill pill or 10. She tried ordering a 5-year old out of the (take note) Allan Gardens CHILDREN'S CONSERVATORY for climbing on the railing. She was just generally disgruntled and giving attitude to everyone. There is an amazing play area for kids in the back where older kids can test their strength on some of the structures and younger kids can have fun making mud pies in the sandbox.

Umm Haneefah - 28 days ago

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A visit to Allan Gardens on a cold day in December

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