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December 4, 2009
'Tis the Season to be floral at annual City Christmas flower shows
The Yuletide season is set in motion with the timely openings of the annual Christmas flower shows. From December 6, 2009 to January 10, 2010, Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory will showcase many varieties of poinsettias, all lending a Victorian flavour for the holiday season. Admission to both conservatories is free. Donations to the Food Bank will be accepted.

Each opening event will feature Victorian carollers, hot cider and cookies, children's activities, horse and carriage rides, a visit from Father Christmas. Centennial Park grand opening will also feature a family carol sing-a-long.

The Christmas flower shows will operate daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from December 6, 2009 to January 10, 2010. The conservatories will be open on Christmas Day. The conservatories will be open later on Dec. 13, 20 and 27, until 7 p.m., so that visitors may enjoy the floral displays by candlelight.

The grand opening of the Allan Gardens Conservatory Christmas flower show will take place on December 6 from noon to 5 p.m. The grand opening of the Centennial Park Conservatory Christmas Flower Show is on December 13, from noon to 7 p.m.

Both conservatories will showcase many of the newest varieties of poinsettias: Enduring Red, Enduring White, Novia Red, Olympus Red, Peppermint Twist, Chianti Red and Cinnamon Star. Returning favourites are: Monet Twilight, Cortez Burgundy, Prestige Red, Freedom Jingle Bells and
Carousel Red. These plants support the Victorian theme this year.

Allan Gardens Conservatory is located at Carlton Street between Jarvis and Shebourne Streets. Centennial Park Conservatory is situated at 151 Elmcrest Rd. For more information, call Allan Gardens Conservatory at 416-392-7288 and the Centennial Park Conservatory 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,



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