March 03, 2014

Centennial Park Conservatory Desert Garden

Desert dreams....


I have to give credit to fellow Toronto gardening blogger, Helen, for the title of this post. (The words were from a Facebook comment.) Taking pictures of desert plantings at the Centennial Park Conservatory took on a strange dream-like quality indeed, given the nightmarish polar winds and temperatures outside the glass panes. 

Cacti succulents Centennial Park Conservatory Etobicoke desert garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Cacti and succulents at the Centennial Park
Conservatory,  Etobicoke desert garden 



The desert wing/room of the Conservatory complex holds one of two permanent plantings (the other is the main tropical garden that I wrote about last post titled "Centennial Park Conservatory 's Tropical House: Warmth, colour and high humidity in late winter?") Visitors can experience both humid and arid environments by passing through one door!

(Learn more about the Conservatory here and read my Yelp review of the Centennial Park Conservatory.)

I always marvel at the contrast in textures between the cacti, yuccas, agaves and succulents in the desert gardens here and at the Allan Gardens Conservatory. I think the kalanchoes are added periodically to punch up the colour, to good effect.

Centennial Park Conservatory Etobicoke agave pink kalanchoe desert garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory desert garden,  Etobicoke
Agave americana, pink and white kalanchoes



Centennial Park Conservatory agave pink kalanchoe desert garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Agave flowers in Centennial Park
Conservatory's desert garden 



Centennial Park Conservatory agave pink kalanchoe desert garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory desert garden
Agave americana and  pink kalanchoe 



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





Yellow kalanchoe cacti succulents Centennial Park Conservatory desert garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Yellow kalanchoes,  cacti and other  succulents in
Centennial Park Conservatory's desert garden 





Centennial Park Conservatory Etobicoke desert garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Desert garden in Centennial Park
 Conservatory,  Etobicoke 




Centennial Park Conservatory Etobicoke desert garden cacti by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Centennial Park Conservatory Etobicoke
desert garden cacti closeup



Senecio serpens pink kalanchoe Centennial Park Conservatory  by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Senecio serpens (Blue Chalksticks) and  pink kalanchoe
at Centennial Park Conservatory's desert garden 



Maybe one day I'll see similar plantings in situ (need to get the kids through university first) instead of this contrived environment. Still, I appreciate the garden as a tonic to get me through this harsh winter!