Civic Gardens Conservatory
The City of London has been growing its own, high quality, annual flower
displays for nine decades. The original greenhouses were replaced in 1985 and
added on to again in 1996. At the same time the Samuel R. Manness Conservatory
and Civic Garden Complex was created through a donation from the Ladies Garden
Club of London and Federal and Provincial Government grants.
This unique conservatory contains tropical plants typically found in Central
America and the Mediterranean area. Some of the tropicals easily reach over 6'
of growth every year, putting them 'through the roof'. Heavy pruning on most
tropicals can be noticed in the late fall because of excessive growth during the
Recently there has been the addition of one extremely rare plant called the
Wollemi Pine. The seedling was purchased in May 2008 from the National
Geographic Society along with its own registration number to identify its
A visit to the conservatory is guaranteed to be a memorable experience, with
such unique flora and fauna and the frequent spotting of tree frogs, green
frogs, toads, turtles and fish.
The conservatory is a pesticide free environment, with the use of Australian
Ladybugs to control unwanted insect population. The temperature is maintained
around 72 F, fluctuating +/- 10 degrees depending on outside temperatures and
Monday-Friday 12 p.m. - 3 p.m
Note: Hours of operation may vary based on private function bookings and
special event schedules within the facility.
The Conservatory is also available for Wedding, Engagement or special event
photos. Please note that the Conservatory can only be booked 2 months in
advance and for a minimum of 2 hours.
Contact Customer Service at 519-661-5575 for rental inquiries.
Visit Upcoming Events for more
information on upcoming public events and annual displays.