I'm going to contest Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada and say that florals in the spring are groundbreaking indeed! They never really go out of style. Just one walk through one of Ontario's gorgeous botanical gardens and you'll see exactly what I mean.
There's nothing more peaceful than taking a stroll through a beautiful garden. Here are 13 of Ontario's most beautiful botanical gardens and conservatories:
Allan Gardens is a Toronto historical landmark that features a permanent collection of exotic plants and holds award-winning floral shows every season. You'll see everything from orchids and jasmine to banana trees and palm trees.
Centennial Botanical Conservatory
The Centennial Botanical Conservatory was opened in 1967 by the Fort William Parks Board in Thunder Bay. It's main feature is a glass arboretum that houses tropical flowers, trees, and shrubs from all over the world. There are also manmade waterfalls and wishing ponds throughout that add to the overall magic of the venue.
Centennial Park Conservatory
Centennial Park Conservatory features over 12,000 square feet of exotic plants within its greenhouse. Along with its permanent collection of unusual plants like papaya trees and cacti, it also holds seasonal flower shows that fill the greenhouse with colour.
Corby Park Rose Garden
The Corby Park Rose Garden, although small, is a Belleville landmark. A breathtaking central fountain is surrounded by gorgeous displays of roses and flowers and quiet, meandering paths.
The Ornamental Gardens in Ottawa is home to several species of roses, lilacs, peonies, irises and daylilies. Within the same site is also an arboretum that features remarkable crabapple trees, magnolias and unique shrubs.
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The Heritage Garden in Oshawa is a historic site that once used to be the estate of R.S. McLaughlin. The courtyard features several shrubs, trees and flowers along its paved pathways.
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The Lauber Arboretum is a privately owned site that includes several indigenous and exotic species that the owners have collected during their travels.
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Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens
The Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens is a 40-acre site that houses several species of perennials, azaleas, rhododendrons and more. It also has a formal parterre garden, a butterfly conservatory and a world-renowned rose garden that features over 2,400 roses.
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Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens
The Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens is a string of parks and gardens that is filled with all sorts of plants and flowers. It is most known for its peony garden, which contains over 300 varieties of peonies.
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Royal Botanical Gardens
The Royal Botanical Gardens are often referred to as Ontario's Butchart Gardens. It is a major site for regional horticultural research and conservation and features over 980 hectares of unique plants and floral displays. Particular sites to note within the gardens are Hendrie Park, the RBG Arboretum, the Laking Garden and the Rock Garden.
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Toronto Botanical Gardens
The Toronto Botanical Gardens offers a peaceful retreat in Toronto where visitors can enjoy stunning displays of flowers and greenery. It features 17 award-winning gardens that span four acres, as well as a variety of tours and activities.
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Queen Victoria Park
Queen Victoria Park is a beautiful green space that sits right beside the majestic Niagara Falls. Filled with roses, magnolia trees, tulips, fuchsia and other eye-catching plants, a walk through Queen Victoria Park is truly magical.
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