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: No

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 The flowers are simply beautiful. It is a lovely place to visit downtown. Not to mention that there is a dog park next to the gardens so I like to watch the dogs running around after my visit to the gardens.

Pam Aggelakos - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating My favourite time to come is when it's cold outside so I can bask in the light filled greenhouses and feel warm. Displays change seasonally so there is always something good to see. Allans Gardens is located a short walk from Yonge Street (College Station) and parking is fairly easy on College. The greenhouses at set on large grounds with old trees and there is a nice leash free enclosure on the grounds though dogs are not allowed inside. Brought our mother for the first time and she loved it!!

Hellen Alatzakis - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating The plants housed in this beautiful building are simply wonderful!! Well worth the trip!! The park itself is also nice for a day in the sun, the large trees are beautiful. Do be aware that there area has many poor and destitute people. They are quite okay around strangers, but it's safer to not interact with the those drinking in the park. Use common sense.

Nadim Ghaznavi - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating It's free, so everyone can enjoy its beauty and tranquility. It's a haven within the city and is always warm inside. I love the colours and the beautiful photographic memories I can enjoy and share. I take the time to watch the fish and turtles - and sometimes I talk to the homeless people who also take time to enjoy the property. I have moved from Ontario, but feel a peace and happiness when I see it on TV on the Christmas movie that was shot there. I have very fond memories! I wish I could have been there when activities were going on in the children's garden (although I'm an educator and "kid at heart"). It's nice to watch the dogs at the adjacent dog park, too - love the statues! This really is a place not to be missed!

Tina Hiltz - 1 month ago

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A visit to Allan Gardens on a cold day in December

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