Christmas at the Conservatory

Conservatories are great for a number of reasons, and my top two are that:

  1. You have the ability to see (and gawk) at non-native flora
  2. Displays change with the season so it always looks a little different

Centennial Park Conservatory in Etobicoke is no exception. I took my mom in late November because she’d never been before and as we were walking around, one of the maintenance staff told us that they were getting ready to set up their Christmas display which would be ready by December 10… and you already know we had to come back.

Getting into the spirit

Christmas has always been one of my favourite holidays. I’m an only child, but I have a giant family (20+ people including cousins, aunts, uncles, s/o… And that’s only on my dad’s side!) that I spent a ton of time with over the years, so having the entire family together is something I always look forward to. My ears, however, not so much. (We’re obnoxiously loud).

I can honestly say that ever since I was little, gifts weren’t the things I was excited about. I always appreciated the way my mom always went all out with not only getting what I wanted, but also making sure to keep my idea of Santa alive, and what kid doesn’t get excited about new toys… but as long as I got to hang out with my family, I knew a good time was about to be had.

Don’t tell them, though. I’ll never hear the end of it.

ANYWAY, back to the conservatory…

So many poinsettias

I’ve never been a winter foliage kind of gal; aside from pine trees (which are amazing and smell so good), I just never really liked how sharp poinsettia petals and holly leaves were… Until we stepped foot in the conservatory. It’s hard to deny the merry atmosphere when one out of the three rooms was completely filled with these very plants. As you can imagine, I ate my words fairly quickly.

I mean, what was I thinking?! I never even knew that poinsettias came in other colours than red, and now I know that they can be pink, white, FLECKED… like… what?! Flowers never cease to make me happy, and I’m so thankful that there are conservatories around to fuel my appreciation year round. Here are some photos from the Christmas display!

If you’re in the Mississauga/Etobicoke area, head over to Centennial Park Conservatory and have a walk around! Admission is FREE and the Christmas display is on until January 7!

What kinds of Christmas displays have you seen this year?

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