17.10.12

allan gardens

Until recently, I hadn’t been to Allan Gardens, a Victorian-era conservatory at Jarvis & Carlton, since I was a kid. Recently Geoff shared these photos by Laura Lynn Petrick with me (the series entitled “Secret Garden”), and since we thought they were pretty cool, we decided to visit on a gloomy Saturday afternoon. 

Even though it was a weekend, it was quiet and peaceful inside, with only a handful of visitors. It will be nice to go back in spring once they’ve cleared out all the mums (I already have mums-fatigue and it’s only October).

It’s always the best finding spots like this to enjoy for an hour or two without having to spend any money.



B-a-n-a-n-a-s




Biggest staghorn fern I ever did see (four feet?)








29 comments:

  1. this looks amazing!!! i would totally go there. i wish i could tour every indoor garden in the WORLD.

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    1. Yeah dude! Take me with you!

      Kind of regret that I don't have a picture of the cool star shapes the arranged the some of the mums into. CELESTIAL MUMS

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  2. one day, i hope to import all of allan gardens into my apartment. (i'll keep you posted on how that goes.) until then, i will just sigh, and dream, and sigh some more. <333

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    1. Ha! Good luck! I would sooooo love to have a greenhouse of my own, although I'd have to have help in actually growing things. My dad built a small one against our garage when I was a kid to shield his fig trees, so I know it's possible to have one for not a lot of money! Although not as beautiful as the Allan Gardens building is (I love those cool windows).

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    2. ohhh i'm jealous of your childhood fig-tree-having! my parents were far too boring, planting petunias and tiger lilies ("easy to grow"). i'm trying to reverse that now and get as exotic as i can...while still living in an apt, of course. maybe i need to just build a miniature allan gardens, like a terrarium, but with only miniature, exotic plants, until i can get the real deal... :)

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  3. these are gorgeous. the allan gardens are one of my favorite toronto spots. we'd visit with our cousins when i was little and more recently we went back to take photos after a family wedding. lots of blushing bride shots by the banana trees.

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    1. Oh, nice! We thought about taking our engagement pictures there but didn't want to pay for a permit, ha.

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  4. funny - my mum went to high school here and whenever we pass by it in Toronto, she always reminisces about lunches spent in the greenhouse as a student. what a beautiful place.

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  5. i want to go to there! i've never seen banana trees!



    rachael

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    1. They're pretty cool to see in the middle of Toronto!

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  6. Oo, I totally feel you on the mums fatigue. There are some more rare varieties that I find a little more interesting, but no one seems to be into them. Just boring ornery mums in the same old colours. Ack!

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    1. Ornery! It's true, there are some varieties that are prettier than most, but I also associate it them with winter coming so it's hard for me to appreciate them. Boring, bleak!

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  7. That place looks lovely! x

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  8. this place seems like a dreamland. so wonderful. and wonderful pictures.

    lindsey louise

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    1. Thank you! It's small, but it is a little oasis indeed.

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  9. This is amazing. I'm going to collect a list of new places to visit in Toronto when I go back home for the holidays.

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    1. Awesome! That's why I like to write these sorts of posts.

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  10. So pretty - I must go sometime!

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    1. Yes, Jane! The ballet school is nearby too if you want to check out some cool-looking buildings. Maybe get a glimpse of some dancers. And there's a Bulldog Coffee nearby!

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  11. I haven't been there either!!! That shoot Geoff shared was beautiful and your photos of the gardens are equally so. Too bad we couldn't photograph you both there!

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    1. Oh, you should go! Would be such a fun place to take your lil' babe! Plus there's that super dangerous gigantic Maple Leaf Gardens Loblaws nearby that was fun to check out too.

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  12. oh, so lovely! this reminds me of one of my favorite paintings in the children's book 'Miss Rumphius'! Are you familiar?

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    1. I didn't recognize it but I looked it up and I think I remember seeing that book in the library. I'll have to take a look at it!

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  13. I love this place. It's kind of amazing to walk through parts of it and be the only person (or one of a small number of people) in a gorgeous room full of all these amazing plants. Always wondered what it would be like to be in there when it was stormin' outside. Great photos!

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    1. Oh wow, that would be so amazing. Too bad they close so early!

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