It makes me so happy when I stumble upon hidden gems in the city. Last semester when I was taking a drawing class, my professor brought us to this place to study the plants and create a series of drawings of both the architecture of the place as well as its inhabitants. It was the first time I ever set foot in this place and oh my was I enchanted.

The place has a magical element that captivates you the moment you set foot in the door. The garden is one of the oldest of Toronto, being founded in 1858. The initial initial building was burned down in 1902 and the current architecture was constructed in 1910. Another fun fact: Oscar Wilde gave a lecture here once. The structure perfectly emphasizes symmetry, contrast and repetition. I second this because I stayed in the place for 3 hours studying its elements and drawing out the details.

I have been to this place four times since. Its such a sweet spot to let yourself and get wrapped in the tiny wilderness. It houses some of the rarer tropical plants from around the world!

I absolutely love how it has become a naturistic oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle, known as Toronto.

Allan Gardens

It makes me happy knowing that I continue to explore this phenomenal city and after all this time it still surprises me with its wondrous jewels. This summer has been full of mini adventures and massive changes (which I will reveal soon). My days are usually spent reading while having my coffee with baileys *chuckles*, checking places off of my bucket list and spending some sweet time with family and friends. So it is safe to say this year continues to be nice to me and I can’t wait for what’s in store…

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