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Allan Gardens is no ordinary garden. It is situated in the heart of Toronto and is more than 150 years old. The garden and the main part of the property was donated by George William Allan, a one-time Mayor of Toronto and long-time Senator.
The park, one of the city’s oldest (since 1858), is bounded by Jarvis Street on the west, Sherbourne Street on the east, Carlton Street on the north and Gerrard Street East on the south in Toronto’s Garden District.

In the centre of the park is a Victorian conservatory known as the Palm House, built in 1909 to replace the pavilion burned in 1902. Rare tropical plants from all over the globe are nurtured inside. Admission is free. The trees in the park represent the northern tip of the Carolinian forest with species such as black cherry, American beech, red oak, sugar maple and sassafras. Most are over one hundred years old. The park is home to three varieties of squirrel, the gray, the black, and, unique to this park, the red tailed black squirrel. The park is also home to the city’s largest flock of pigeons, a roving peregrine falcon and a statue of Robert Burns.

The University of Toronto greenhouse (1931) was moved to the site.

This is a glorious moment in the cactus greenhouse of Allan Gardens. Christmas 2009.


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Gardener and photographer exploring the magic and wonder of plants and gardens in the natural world and the abstract art in the everyday decays around us. All photographs are © copyrighted and owned by Marilyn Cornwell.

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  • hopelilly
    hopelillyover 4 years ago

    Love these.

  • Isn’t it fantastic – the spikes of the cactus with the amazing reds. All so splendid, indeed!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • Thanks for your favourite as well!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • sendao
    sendaoover 4 years ago


  • It’s so wonderful you say this as I experienced a glorious moment when I saw and captured this! Sometimes I experience being the vehicle to capture, nothing more. Thanks again!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 4 years ago

    A splendid image Marilyn, and another superb composition. You also rendered this so lifelike, that I’d be skeptical to touch where the spikes are. >Ron<

  • Thanks Ron! Be skeptical with all cactuses – even the soft fuzzy ones!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...over 4 years ago

    Great perspective and framing!

  • Wonderful news – thanks so very much!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • ralph arce
    ralph arceover 4 years ago

    well spotted! what an image! :)

  • Hello Ralph – thanks so very much!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 4 years ago


  • Hello and thanks for your kind comment!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature of this excellent image!

  • Thanks so very much!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • cdwork
    cdworkover 4 years ago

    This is such a cool image- the lines are amazing. I’d love to see how this looks in B & W

  • Thanks so much! What a great idea!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your photo has been featured in “A Garden somewhere….. ”

    This photo was chosen because it was of a very high quality and it captured exactly the sort of work we are looking for in this group.

    Please keep up the great work and we hope you continue to add more of your excellent photographs to this group.

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