Cloud Gardens Conservatory
The Cloud Gardens Conservatory evokes a tropical cloud forest and is a unique urban oasis amidst office towers in Toronto’s busy downtown core. Recognized with a Governor General’s Architectural Award, it features an award-winning design and a monument to Toronto’s construction workers.
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday (except holidays)
Ward 28, Toronto & East York
14 Temperance Street
TTC: South side of Richmond Street between Yonge Street and Bay Street. Accessible by public transit from the Queen Street subway station, walk south on Yonge Street and turn right on Richmond Street.
The Conservatory includes a small greenhouse set to the cool and moist conditions of a cloud rainforest. The plant collection includes tree ferns, palms and other exotic plants which provide colour and interest year round. A walkway from the lower-level entrance to an upper-level exit by the waterfall reinforces the feeling of going up into the clouds.
Cloud Gardens features a drinking fountain and a greenhouse.
The Cloud Gardens Conservatory sits on land given to the city in the 1980’s when the Bay Adelaide Centre was constructed. The Conservatory was renovated in 2014 and re-opened in spring 2015 with a new climate control system and grow lights to address shading caused by newly built office towers. Improvements also include an improved misting system and a new monorail system to help maintain the mechanics and vertical wall gardens. Soil amendments and new plantings further help to simulate a Cloud Forest habitat.