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 




This Conservatory has three separate buildings open to the public: the entrance leads you into the main "tropical house" and from there you can go into the "cooler" section that displays the seasonal flower shows and another section that displays desert plantings like cacti and succulents. Something for everyone and with the total area being around 12,000 square feet (sorry, no metric here!), you needn't spend the entire day.


Here are some highlights of my visit to the tropical section. With the sound of the waterfall, the automatic misting system and resident parrots, it's not that hard to suspend your disbelief and imagine you're in warmer climates--until you step outside and face the dreary weather.

Anyway, enough whining, spring supposedly is around the corner so just enjoy!



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



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



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



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



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



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




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



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



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




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



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



Centennial Park Conservatory tropical house pink moth orchid by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory
 pink moth orchid 



Tropical yellow orange impatiens Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Tropical yellow orange impatiens
 at Centennial Park Conservatory 




Variegated tropical hibiscus Snow Queen Centennial Park Conservatory by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Variegated tropical hibiscus "Snow Queen"
at Centennial Park Conservatory 



Centennial Park Conservatory statue tropical house by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory
tropical house's statute