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December 7, 2003
Centennial Park and Allan Gardens Conservatories transformed into Winter Wonderland
The City of Toronto celebrates the launch of its annual Christmas flower shows
at Centennial Park and Allan Gardens Conservatories today. Both shows are
long-standing traditions and mark the official start of the holiday season for
many residents and visitors.

Opening day festivities at the Allan Gardens Conservatory, from noon to 5 p.m.,
will feature Victorian Carollers, outdoor activities for children, horse and
wagon rides, hot apple cider, home-baked cookies and a much-anticipated visit
from Father Christmas. The focus, however, is on the spectacular seasonal
floral displays.

This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland" and features topiary masterpieces
representing famous Christmas carols. Allan Gardens Conservatory features "A
One-Horse Open Sleigh" showcasing a life-sized topiary horse pulling a red
cutter sleigh. Centennial Park Conservatory features topiaries of "Chestnuts
Roasting on an Open Fire" and "Frosty the Snowman".

Both conservatories feature many of the newest varieties of Poinsettias,
including Carousel, sporting bright red flowers resembling a child's handheld
wind mill; Cortez Burgundy, with showy bracts in a rich shade of burgundy,
rarely seen in a poinsettia; and Holly Point, featuring variegated foliage
reminiscent of the holly plant.

Both shows run from Sunday, December 7 through January 4, 2004, and are open
daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with special "Conservatory by Candlelight" viewing
December 14 - 23 and 26 -30, until 7 p.m. In addition, the Centennial Park
Conservatory presents a special Carols by Candlelight event on December 14,
featuring Victorian Carollers, hot apple cider and home-baked cookies, from 5
to 7 p.m.

Allan Gardens is located on the south side of Carlton Street between Jarvis and
Sherbourne Streets. For more information call 416-392-7288.

Centennial Park Conservatory is located at 151 Elmcrest Rd., north of Rathburn
Road and west of Highway 427. For more information call 416-394-8543.

Admission to both flower shows is free. A donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank
at both locations is encouraged.

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Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline



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