It’s true, we can’t escape to a tropical island every weekend. Most of us, if we’re lucky, get one trip away, per winter. But for the Locals, we can take a short trip to the Floral Showhouse in Niagara Falls for a little breath of warm, humid air.
Originally built as a curiosity; a forcing and propagating house for a collection of rare, tropical plant species in the late 1890’s. By 1898 a heated conservatory for public access was built, and the success just kept it growing. The greenhouse we now visit was built in 1945,
and the large reception greenhouse is circa 1980.
I love coming here in the winter time, it’s like a little holiday. It’s peaceful, there’s hardly anyone ever in there. You can walk through the plants, admire their beauty and colour, feel their happy plant energy and listen to the tropical birds and doves that are flying loose. There is an award winning orchid gallery grown next to a pond with turtles and fish.
Whenever I come here it reminds me of the old conservatories you find in Europe.
It’s a lovely experience, where you may just meet other like-minded, hermit, naturalists, like yourself.
When you’re all finished your visit and step outside, you’ll feel the mist from the Falls and will instantly get hungry.
There’re so many good places to go. Doc Magilligan’s has amazing traditional Irish Pub Food.
For mind-blowing fresh, creative fish dishes, seek: Tide and Vine Oyster House
Or, go for the signature touristy, view of the Falls experience: Summit Suite Buffet.
Or, get some super cheap, super fast; the best wonton soup and donuts around: Country Fresh.
For all else, search the Niagara Falls neighbourhood.
Floral Showhouse: $5 adult admission. An annual pass can be purchased for $11.50.