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Allan's Gardens, Robert McCallum - 1910

Allan Garden Conservatory. A nice place to visit in winter, if you have no money to go to the Caribbeans. All the tropical plants you tried to grow at home and they just died on you, are thriving here in the hot house. Palm trees, bamboo, flowering cacti, even banana tree with ripening bananas.

The prolific Robert McCallum designed the classically proportioned domed Palm House which opened in 1910. George W. Allan (Toronto Mayor 1855 and later Senator) donated this property to Horticultural Society). It is never crowded in here on week day. The entry is always free as stipulated as a condition of Allan's donation.

Outside in the park, it's a different world, with some out-of-luck characters huddling on park benches, begging for spare change. I am also quite sure, you could buy any drugs you want here. I think, this may be the reason why Torontonians or tourist do not visit more often.

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  • Uploaded on April 10, 2013
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    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2013/03/20 14:10:16
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