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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.

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Greenery at the Toronto Sculpture Garden. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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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
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Looking out to the hallway on the top floor of the Earth Sciences building. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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The Earth Science Building greenhouse houses a diverse variety of plants. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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On the roof of the Earth Sciences Building in one of three greenhouses open to students on weekdays.
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Indoor bamboo garden in the foyer of the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research on College Street. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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A view of Nathan Phillips Square from the Podium Green Roof. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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Succulents in the rooftop garden at Toronto City Hall. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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Inside Palm House at Allan Gardens Conservatory. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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Visitors at the Palm House at Allan Gardens Conservatory. RUSABA ALAM/THE VARSITY
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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