Speaking of escaping the city life and exploring your own backyard, I recently visited a botanical garden in the heart of downtown Toronto. Allan Gardens is a quiet and colourful botanical garden. It’s open from 10a.m. to 5p.m., 365 days a year. It’s also a free entry and you can come and go as you please. It’s near a children’s playground, so you might see a lot of kids around.
A friend of mine and I went on a Friday around closing time so we didn’t get to spend too much time to fully explore the gardens. It’s all indoors which is nice especially if the beloved Canadian weather is not cooperating.
We went in and were greeted by these tiny turtles. One of them was roaming around the boardwalk over a little pond inside the gardens. I got up close and personal with it. There were a couple other ponds all around the conservatory which were home to many fish. I believe these were the only animals we saw at the gardens.
There were many exotic plants and flowers and it was so surprising to see that all of this existed in the heart of downtown Toronto. I believe Allan Gardens itself is a historical landmark which dates back to the early nineteen hundreds, which is why it’s so abundant in botanical culture.
Entering the dome area was such a turn of scenery from the rest of the gardens. Here we saw palm trees and other desert plants including cacti. If you’re looking to escape into nature but don’t want to risk not finding the right photographic flowers out in the wild, then you should visit the Allan Gardens. You will not be disappointed and your camera will surely capture some wonderful botanical species.
I will definitely go here again and give myself more time to explore and see all the beautiful flowers and plants that I would not see anywhere else in the city. Have you gone here or another garden in the city that you really like? Tell me about it! Comment below!