Public Gardens Photo Tours forum: Centennial Park Conservatory, Toronto, ON, Canada

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Ontario, Canada (Zone 5b)
Dog Lover Region: Canadian Daylilies
Mar 16, 2013 4:58 PM CST
I visited the Centennial Park Conservatory today and snapped some quick photos as I looped through it. It's in Etobicoke (Toronto) in Ontario, Canada and is open 365 days a year from 10am to 5pm. Admission and parking are free. The conservatory is over 12,000 square feet and has 3 sections: tropical, arid, and seasonal/show.

I'll start with the arid section as that's when I started taking photos of more than single plants at a time, though there will be plenty of those below!
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Many labels seemed to be incorrect when I got home and started looking them up which was disappointing. I couldn't find many to begin with and the ones I did find were often propped up on a plant or just resting on the soil, rather than on a stake, so I guess they've been mixed up over time. This label was propped in front of this cactus... but doesn't appear to be a match. Maybe it was meant to be more of a tombstone marker!
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They used a lot of Kalanchoe for colour in the arid section. I recently lost mine to spider mites and think I'll have to buy another. So cheery and easy to care for!
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An adorable "tree".
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The arid section was really lovely and showed off a nice variety of plants.
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Time for dinner, so that's all for now. I will add some photos from the other sections later this evening.
Name: Sandy Coffman
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Mar 16, 2013 6:12 PM CST


Thank you for the pictures, I so want to return to Canada!!!!!!
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Mar 16, 2013 7:16 PM CST
That 'tree' is exceptional.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Ontario, Canada (Zone 5b)
Dog Lover Region: Canadian Daylilies
Mar 16, 2013 8:27 PM CST
I'm happy to share them!

The tropical section was busier as it's where the entrance/exit doors are and it had a few families milling about as well. There were birds (caged) and a small pond with fish and turtles that I think drew the kiddos repeatedly back to that area. I didn't get so many great photos here or in the seasonal section, but both were lovely as well. There was classical music playing everywhere and it was a very relaxing atmosphere.

Angel, the pretty bird giving me "the eye" below, ignored me on the way in and refused to greet me with a hello, but when I returned a bit later he made sure to greet me twice and then according to the information sheet about him... he probably swore at me in another language. Hilarious!
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The seasonal/show section had cheery spring bulbs on display--a welcome sight as we still have some snow on the ground.
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Now I really can't wait for spring!

Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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Mar 17, 2013 6:41 AM CST
Thank you for sharing ,they have a beautiful collection of plants, keeps me thinking spring .
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Stephanie
Salem, OR (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Garden Ideas: Level 1
Apr 17, 2013 5:35 PM CST
Beautiful photographs, thank you!!!

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