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The Great Escape: Exploring Toronto’s Centennial Park Conservatory

Marnie Bonnett has become a regular visitor at Toronto’s Centennial Park Conservatory-along with her camera. When the temperatures dip into the minus teens and the ground is covered with snow, she finds refuge in the delightful garden setting. She says that nothing is more pleasing than experiencing a touch of spring close to home in the middle of an Ontario winter.

Read her story in the December-January 2016 issue of Our Canada.

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

These classic beauties are found in the tropical house and always make a dramatic visual impact. 

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Tropical Mystery Bloom

Tropical Mystery Bloom

You have to look closely to see some of the exotic surprises hidden in corners or under leaves. This strange but lovely bloom looks like it could come from outer space.

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Cactus in Bloom

Cactus in Bloom

The arid house comes alive in late winter/early spring as many of the cacti and succulents burst into bloom.

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Poinsettias

Poinsettias

This is another example of the impressive poinsettia displays during the holiday season. 

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Hydrangea Display

Hydrangea Display

To see so many different coloured hydrangea blooming indoors, weeks before there are any in outdoor gardens, is a real treat.

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Tulip Display

Tulip Display

Nothing says spring the way tulips and hyacinth do. What a perfect combination!