February 22, 2014

Centennial Park Conservatory 's Tropical House

Warmth, colour and high humidity in late winter?


My last post titled "Centennial Park Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show: Colour riot in Etobicoke!" showed many gaudy blooms, for this time of the year, in this west-end Toronto public greenhouse. Toronto experienced this past week a thaw (over zero Celsius/ 32 F for a couple of days anyway) and with the melting snow and runoff, all the debris and garbage previously buried now emerges. It's actually quite disgusting to see and dodge around the countless cigarette butts, coffee cups and piles of dog excrement: out of sight, out of mind.

Or better yet, take a look at these pictures and imagine being in a warm, quiet and tranquil place.



Centennial Park Conservatory tropical house amaryllis by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory
 tropical house amaryllis 



February 13, 2014

Centennial Park Conservatory 2014 Spring Flower Show

Colour riot in Etobicoke!


Are you sick of the snow yet? Can't afford to fly south this year (like me)? Well, I'm doing my bit with my version of colour therapy. My last post showed some life-affirming green pictures from Allan Gardens Conservatory's Spring Flower Show but I would be negligent for not mentioning that there's a "sister Conservatory" (my words) out in Toronto's west end that displays similar seasonal flower shows and permanent tropical and desert plantings. The Centennial Park Conservatory offers a wonderful respite in winter as well for west-enders.


Today's post will cover the spring bulbs and arrangements in CPC's north wing. (It's a separate area dedicated to the seasonal flower shows.) You wouldn't know about the Arctic blasts going on outside the glass panes: trust me, it was a trek getting there from downtown Toronto but well worth it.

Design-wise, nothing too elaborate. Just effective use of massing cyclamen, daffodils and kalanchoes.

Enjoy!


Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 cyclamen kalanchoe by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory Spring Flower
Show 2014 cyclamen kalanchoe
 




February 03, 2014

Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014

Toronto gets blooming early!


And I'm not referring to Canada Blooms, the national (some consider) flower show, held next month. Tucked between New Year's Day and "Blooms", as the locals call it, the downtown Conservatory puts on its yearly Spring Flower Show with much less fanfare. Sorry, no opening night galas or celebrity speakers. But if you're in the mood for a quick hit of colour, warmth and tranquility, Allan Gardens Conservatory is for you. It's very accessible by public transit and admission is free as well.

I live close by and spent a quiet hour or so taking these pictures, among others.  If you're stuck in the middle of a harsh winter like I am and would like to see "purty flowers" instead of dead browny bits of 2013's vegetation (aka "winter interest"), here you go:


Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 yellow daffodils by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Allan Gardens Conservatory Spring Flower Show 2014 yellow daffodils.
Signs of things to come, you have to trust me on this one
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