The end of April through early May each year is a very special time in High Park, as Torontonians observe the sakura hanami—cherry blossom viewing. Over the course of six to 10 days, 2,000 of these trees—gifted to Toronto in 1959 by the citizens of Tokyo and planted near Grenadier Pond—flourish with delicate white or pale pink petals. The season is both spectacular and fleeting. It should come as no surprise that everyone wants to catch a glimpse of the Japanese flowers. Due to the long winter, this year’s blossoming will occur a little later than usual, likely within the first few weeks of May. Plan a morning or mid-week visit to avoid the biggest crowds.
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If you’re here before the cherry blossoms but still fancy seeing some flowers, visit the Allan Gardens Conservatory. This downtown collection of five greenhouses is open year-round and features plants from around the world, including orchids, bromeliads, hibiscus, bamboo, citrus trees, cacti and succulents.
Toronto is home to many top-quality florists to help you send a special arrangement to someone at home or as a corporate gift. Among them, Where recommends Sweet Woodruff, Coriander Girl, Pink Twig and Poppies. —Linda Luong