Tag Archives: Toronto

26 Oct

Fall 2014 Chrysanthemum Show at Allan Gardens

If you happen to visit Allan Gardens in the next few weeks, you will be greeted by hundreds of colorful Chrysanthemum flowers in flowering beds, hanging baskets, pots and cascades. I had a chance to stop by Allan Garden today to see the fall exhibition of colorful Chrysanthemums. Theme of this year’s Chrysanthemum show is ‘fairies’ which is reflected in wonderful arrangements and fairy garden settings. The show runs until November 9, 2014.

Following are a few pictures of wonderful Chrysanthemum from the show:

[You can read more about Allan Gardens here.]

Chrysanthemum Show

Fall 2014 Chrysanthemum Show at Allan Gardens

Chrysanthemum Maroon

Chrysanthemum (Maroon)

Chrysanthemum Red Yellow

Chrysanthemum Red/ Yellow

Chrysanthemum Pink

Chrysanthemum Pink

Chrysanthemum Pink Spots

Chrysanthemum Pink/ Purple

Chrysanthemum Peach

Chrysanthemum Peach

Chrysanthemum Magenta

Chrysanthemum Magenta

Chrysanthemum Gold

Chrysanthemum Gold

Chrysanthemum Display

Fall 2014 Chrysanthemum Display

Chrysanthemum Cream

Chrysanthemum Cream

Chrysanthemum Cream Pink

Chrysanthemum Cream/ Pink

Chrysanthemum Purple Pink

Chrysanthemum Purple/ Pink

Chrysanthemum Bed

Chrysanthemum Flower Bed at Allan Gardens

Chrysanthemum Yellow Ball

Chrysanthemum Yellow

08 Oct

9 Practical Ideas for Beautiful Balcony Gardens

A year ago, I moved from my home in Lahore and settled in Toronto. Aside from the cultural changes that I had to embrace, one major challenge as a gardener was to start my gardening hobby afresh in a very different climate. It is a big change – from a 600 sq. feet rooftop garden to a small 36 sq. feet balcony garden space.

Not only I have a limited room for growing plants but also I cannot grow some of my favorite plants here. Toronto has continental climate – warm and humid in summer, and very cold in winter. I did not add much to my small balcony garden yet, but I have started planning it. Here are a few ideas for my balcony garden.

Examples of Beautiful Balcony Gardens









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.

Allan Gardens Conservatory







































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)