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December 2, 2002
The Nutcracker magic transforms Centennial Park and Allan Gardens Conservatories into floral wonderland
Parks and Recreation - The City of Toronto celebrated the launch of
its annual Christmas flower shows at Centennial Park and Allan Gardens
conservatories today. Both shows have a long-standing tradition and mark the
official start of the holiday season for many residents and visitors to the

Opening day festivities featured Victorian Carollers, outdoor activities for
children, horse and buggy rides, hot apple cider, home-baked cookies and a much
anticipated visit from Father Christmas. The focus, however, was on the
spectacular seasonal floral displays at both facilities.

This is the second year that Toronto Parks and Recreation has partnered with
The National Ballet of Canada to feature topiary masterpieces inspired by James
Kudelka's The Nutcracker ballet. The Allan Gardens show includes a pair of
giant pointe shoes, a full-sized nutcracker and the Czar of the Mice, all of
which are fashioned entirely from plants and flowers.

In addition, both conservatories feature many of the newest varieties of
Poinsettias, including Carousel, sporting bright red flowers resembling a
child's handheld wind mill; Winter Rose Marble, a variegated version of the
popular red double-flowered variety; and Holly Point, featuring variegated
foliage reminiscent of the holly plant.

Both shows run from Sunday, December 1, 2002 through until January 6, 2003, and
are open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a candlelight viewing from 4 to 5 p.m.
Candlelight viewing is extended December 15-23 and 26-30, until 7 p.m. In
addition, the Centennial Park Conservatory presents a special Carols by
Candlelight program on December 15, 2002, 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 hwy 427. For more information, call 416-394-8543.

Admission to both flower shows is free. A donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank
is much appreciated.

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