It is now Christmas 2012 in Toronto and - although there is no snow as yet - it is cold. One respite from the bitterness of the air is a visit to those gardens. As we are now near Christmas, there will be many poinsettia plants on display in there - as well as other 'season appropriate' flowers and shrubs.
I have visited those gardens during the Christmas season as well as at Easter. The photos that I am showing here were taken during a visit on Good Friday a few years ago. For this blog - again this is more of a photo album than a dissertation.
Upon entering the greenhouses, one finds oneself in a large atrium which is circular and around which is a pathway as well as two paths crossing from north to south and from east to west. The north/south route connects with doors leading into glassed in rooms where the temperatures are kept at a constant sub-tropical level. Taking the south path the adjacent room is humid and in there one sees orchids and other tropical plants. The room reached by the north path is more temperate - although another 'wing' is kept arid and features many cacti.
Through a comment that I overheard, I looked up towards the ceiling as I was exiting the rotunda. Sure enough, I was standing beneath a banana plant and, Yes, Virginia! bananas really grow in Toronto!!!!