Tuesday, January 19, 2010

My World Tuesday ~ A Gem in the City

An explorer at heart I often get lost in my wandering. In Toronto I have been staying in the Upper Beaches area and to get downtown I take the Gerrard streetcar.
For the past several trips I have passed a dog park tucked among the highrises, so I decided to get off the streetcar and investigate not only the dog park but the gem of a building that was its background. I was amazed that so many dogs could co habit the same space without causing grief for one another or their owners.
To the south of the dog park is this beautiful glass building. I lived in Toronto for 15 years but had never seen this, or maybe never noticed it....it has been a landmark in Toronto for 150 years!
I decided to investigate and low and behold found this remarkable facility is open to the public seven days a week and it is free to access!
It is Allan Gardens and it is the premier horticultural space for the City of Toronto not only for the public but also as a teaching facility for the Toronto Board of Education.
On a cold winter day there is no better place to be in Toronto....come take a walk with me,
You are all welcome!
The spirit of Christmas was still around in this 6' Christmas tree made of moss & live plants.
This is one of my favourite photos and if you are looking for a new screensaver feel free to use it, it is beautiful in the full screen.
Palm trying to brake out!
Another Christmas tree....so beautiful!
The succulents' space.
Beautiful barrel cacti the size of aerobic exercise balls!
I have no idea what this is except that it is beautiful!
Beautiful water gardens and
yours truly checking out the orchid room. Hope you enjoyed your walk feel free to come again.

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13 comments:

Gaelyn said...

This is spectacular. What a gem in a cold winter city. I grew up visiting the Conservatory in Chicago. I was in a different world. Thanks for taking us on this delightfully warm looking tour.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carolyn: What a wonderful walk through the gardens. It is great that it is a neat exhibition. Saw you at the orchids.

Susan said...

What a great find! I will be in TO in a few weeks and have added it to my places to go list.Thank you!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful our of the conservatory. That is a huge palm. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.

Janie said...

What a beautiful place to visit on a cold winter day!

Meandering Michael said...

Very neat!

Judy said...

What a great find!! My favourite shot is the palm against the skylight! Just the texture of that shot!!!!!

VioletSky said...

I am so glad you found this. I used to work near there and would stop in after work often to unwind. Haven't been back in years, but you've reminded me what I've been missing. Beautifuls pics, especiall the palm against the glass ceiling!

Rob Inukshuk said...

Oh yes, and almost hidden Toronto Gem. Sadly I only went there once, but it is an awesome place. Great captures.

Quietlaughter said...

beautiful photos Carolyn - I had no idea about this place. The next time I have the chance to explore, I will go with the girls. It looks wonderful! Glad that you found it and shared :-)

Stine in Ontario said...

Very cool trip, Carolyn! I'm hoping to get to Allan gardens sometime in February. I guess I need to take my camera!

Sylvia K said...

Forgive me for being so late getting here -- been one of those weeks! This was such a great walk through the gardens -- so warm and beautiful looking. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! Have a great weekend -- again, Carolyn!

Sylvia

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