03 Jun

A Visit to Allan Gardens Conservatory, Toronto

Allan Gardens Conservatory is my favorite retreat from the hum drum of corporate life. It is a serene oasis jewelled right in the middle of the busy Carlton, Jarvis and Gerrard streets of Toronto. The garden that hosts conservatory has long stretches of green grass and more than 300 old trees. Some noticeable species are sugar maple, American beech and red oak.

The conservatory consists of six greenhouses that cover 1, 6000 square feet and house a huge variety of tropical, sub-tropical and exotic plants that are rare to find under one roof.
While crossing through the greenhouses you actually move from one climate to another and experience a whole new world of lovely plants in each climate. Neat pathways edge along plant beds that are nicely maintained.

The tropical houses maintain warm and humid environment for exotic Orchids, bromeliads, begonias and other plants that bloom year-round. You can find many hard-to-find plants like Jade vine, Platycerium, cycads, and some exotic foliage plants. The water features inside the tropical houses not only decorate the conservatory but also help maintain the climate.

The ‘cool’ house has selection of Mediterranean plants. The Palm House grows a nice variety of palms, tropical vines and some seasonal plants. The arid house showcases cacti and other succulents that include varieties of haworthia, aloe, agave, and sedum.

Besides permanent collection, you can see a nice collection of seasonal bloomers in Allan Gardens Conservatory. Depending on the season, you can find really nice variety of hydrangeas, lilies, coleus, caladiums, cannas, chrysanthemum, and poinsettia. Seasonal plants at Allan Gardens are grown in pots that are sunk in soil – making it easy to remove them at the end of the season.

On my recent visit to Allen Gardens, I was able to see Jade vine and angel’s trumpet in full bloom. Other noticeable bloomers were daffodils, gerberas, plenty of hydrangeas, some hoyas, bird of paradise, and foxgloves.

Allan Gardens Conservatory has a nice collection of ferns and air plants too. No matter what part of year you visit Allan Gardens, you will always find something interesting, colorful and aromatic.

Enjoy some of the pictures that I shot at Allan Gardens Conservatory. For high-resolution images, you can visit my Allan Gardens album on Flickr here. For more information on Allan Gardens, see this.








































22 Dec

A Virtual Tour to the Toronto Botanical Garden

The Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), popularly known as ‘The little garden with big ideas’, is a non-profit horticultural and educational organization with a mission to connect people, plants and the natural world through education, inspiration and leadership. Spanning over four acres,  the Toronto Botanical Garden features 17 themed gardens.

Toronto Botanical Garden

Toronto Botanical Garden / Image by Kirstie Warner (flickr)

Botanical garden

Image by End Use (flickr)

Toronto botanical garden

Image by Muhammad Ghouri (flickr)

the garden

Image by wyliepoon (flickr)

View of toronto botianical garden

Image by Kiril Strax (flickr)

Cacti garden

Image by chris@APL (flickr)

Flowers in Toronto botanical garden

Image by Kirstie Warner

trees in Toronto botanical garden

Image by Janine Cheung

Purple Tulips

Image by Anna Shevchenko


Image by lmnop88a (flickr)

White flowers

Image by scottjl (flickr)


Image by Janine Cheung (flickr)

beautiful garden

Image by Janine Cheung (flickr)

Lovely flowers

Image by Anna Shevchenko


Image by Lord of the Wings (flickr)

19 Aug

For the love of Bougainvillea

I sat down to write something about Bougainvillea but I feel I do not have words worthy of its praise. Bougainvillea has a special value in my life – it is harbinger of spring.

The lovely and show colors of Bougainvillea are signs of spring and warm sunny season. The lush colors of Bougainvillea fill our local landscape to absorb all the rough and harsh texture of the surroundings. I just love it.

See and enjoy yourself…


Image by Asha Susan

Magenta Bougainvillea

Image by y Simone Zucchelli

Orange Bougainvillea

Image by Janex & Alba

Bougainvillea bracts

Image by Andres Hernandez S.

Mix Color Bougainvillea

Image by by Slices of Light (flickr)

White Bougainvillea

Image by Saad Faruque

Pink Bougainvillea

Image by Leonora Enking

Purple Bougainvillea

Image by Terri Needham

Bougainvillea shrub

Image by Tushar Pokle


15 Mar


What a lovely way to pay tributes to a building that had served and touched thousands of people in nine decades. The old Massachusetts Mental Health Center building was planned to be demolished to make way for the new facility. The artist Anna Schuleit was commissioned to make this memorial a good recognition of the historical importance of the building.


Image (c) Anna Schuleit

Anna used nearly 28,000 potted flowers to fill all the corridors, stairwells, and offices. The public was then invited for a limited 4-day viewing as a time for needed reflection and rebirth. Lovely idea indeed!

Pink Heather

Image (c) Anna Schuleit

For more pictures, see the Bloom project on Anna Schuleit website.

31 Dec

2013: Wonderful World

Wonderful World

I see trees of green – red roses too

I see em bloom -for me and for you

And I think to myself -what a wonderful world.


I see skies of blue – clouds of white

Bright blessed days – dark sacred nights

And I think to myself – what a wonderful world.


The colors of a rainbow – so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces – of people going by

I see friends shaking hands – sayin how do you do

They’re really sayin – i love you.


I hear babies cry – I watch them grow

They’ll learn much more – than I’ll never know

And I think to myself – what a wonderful world

Yes I think to myself – what a wonderful world.

~ George Douglas