A Toronto Transformation

Summer in Winter at U of T’s Hidden Rooftop Greenhouses

Great news, my fellow vitamin D-deprived Torontonians. I found the sun!

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Apparently it’s been hiding out in the University of Toronto’s heretofore unheard of (by me anyway. I suspect at least some tight-lipped botany students were in on this delightfully dappled secret) rooftop greenhouses.

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Admittedly my thumbs are not the greenest. I have a Ficus Benjamina and a couple of small plants about the apartment, but they really survive despite me. But I jumped at the chance to take a tour and bask in some tropical air and warm honeyed light.

The greenhouse did not disappoint.

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Apparently U of T used to have beautiful greenhouses located more conventionally on the ground but they were relocated to Allen Gardens, where they are now used to teach tiny tots from local schools about plants. So, if you’re not able to finagle your way into a U of T tour, I highly recommend popping by the gardens to soak up some rays and breathe in that good green, earthy¬†oxygen. Nothing beats the winter blahs like a little summertime basking.

Two out of two resident greenhouse turtles agree.

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