Alternative environments

Toronto is a city undergoing constant expansion. It seems that each year more high-rises are being constructed, roads are being paved and re-paved, and untouched green space is slowly shrinking against the expanse of glass, concrete, and steel. In a burgeoning city like Toronto, creativity is imperative in integrating greenery in unlikely places — and as the city grows, so does its network of alternative green spaces.

Greenery at the Toronto Sculpture Garden. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
At the gates of the Toronto Sculpture Garden on King Street East. In 1981, the City opened the garden across from Cathedral Church of St. James. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
Looking out to the hallway on the top floor of the Earth Sciences building. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
The Earth Science Building greenhouse houses a diverse variety of plants. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
On the roof of the Earth Sciences Building in one of three greenhouses open to students on weekdays.
Indoor bamboo garden in the foyer of the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research on College Street. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
A view of Nathan Phillips Square from the Podium Green Roof. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
Succulents in the rooftop garden at Toronto City Hall. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
Inside Palm House at Allan Gardens Conservatory. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
Visitors at the Palm House at Allan Gardens Conservatory. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
In the Palm House at Allan Gardens Conservatory. The Palm House was built in 1910 and is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY