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December 4, 2008
City hosts floral enchantment at annual Christmas flower shows
The Christmas season is set in motion with the fast-approaching openings of the annual Christmas flower shows at the Allan Gardens and Centennial Park conservatories. The shows are a long-standing tradition that mark the official start of the holiday season for many Toronto residents and visitors.

Allan Gardens Conservatory opening event
Date: Sunday, December 7
Time: noon to 5 p.m.
Location: Allan Gardens Conservatory (Carlton Street, between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets)

The Allan Gardens Conservatory flower show opening will feature Victorian carollers, hot cider and cookies, children’s activities, horse and carriage rides and a visit from Father Christmas.

Centennial Park Conservatory opening event
Date: Sunday, December 14
Time: noon to 7 p.m.
Location: Centennial Park Conservatory, 151 Elmcrest Rd.

The Centennial Park Conservatory flower show opening will highlight Victorian carollers, horse and carriage rides, hot cider and cookies, children’s activities, a visit from Father Christmas and family carol sing at 4:30 p.m.

The Christmas flower shows will operate daily from December 7 to 30, as follows:
• December 7 to 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• December 14 to 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• December 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• December 26 to 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Extended hours are provided until 7 p.m. so that visitors may enjoy the floral displays by candlelight. Admission to both conservatories is free. Donations to the Food Bank will be accepted.

Both conservatories will showcase many of the newest varieties of poinsettias: Carousel, sporting bright red flowers resembling a child’s hand-held windmill; Winter Rose Marble, a variegated version of the popular red, double-flowered variety; Holly Point, highlighting variegated foliage reminiscent of the holly plant; Marble Star, which consists of large pink bracts edged in white and Visions of Grandeur, large blushing apple blossom bracts, which change from light pink to a darker pink. All these plants lend a Victorian flavour to the conservatories.

For more information, call Allan Gardens at 416-392-7288, and Centennial Park at 416-394-8543.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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