Read our latest blog on Easter at Allan Gardens (dated March 29, 2013) for new photos and I-SPY games to better enjoy your visit with kids.
Talk about a greenhouse effect! The first time we visited was during Easter. What a contrast with the wintertime that was still reigning outside! I had not realized how much I needed a visual boost of colour, until I saw the visual richness of the place during Easter, not to mention the sweet bouquet emanating from all the flowers added for this season. Displays change depending on the season. You enter through the building with the high palm tree-filled dome. To your right, a tropical hothouse is set amidst a tapestry-like leafy backdrop. (We used to play a game of matching leaves fallen on the paths with the right plant.) Beyond it, a large selection of hairy, prickly, and fluffy cacti awaits. On the left side of the dome, you'll find a cooler space with a small waterfall and a lovely red-fish pond. Further, orchids bloom against the roar of water going through a paddle wheel. Chrysanthemums bring an autumn look to the Allen Gardens, while December marks the return of poinsettias.