Stepping through the glass doors, you immediately feel the warm, tropical air. The gentle sound of a waterfall trickles in the background, as you’re surrounded by tall, lush green trees and exotic colorful plants extending to the glass ceiling. After being there for only a few minutes, you forget you’re in the middle of a bustling urban city.

Tucked back from a busy road on the east side of Oakville, a greenhouse stays hidden and many locals don’t even know about it.

The Oakville Municipal Greenhouse is maintained by two full-time staff who take care of seeding and oversee the greenhouse operations. They also rely heavily on volunteers and co-op students from local high schools to help transplant and pot plants.

It offers a place for horticulture lovers, tourists and locals to visit as well as being the operation headquarters for all of Oakville’s greenery.

The greenhouse is located at 1100 Cornwall Road, and is open to the public every month but July and August until 3 p.m.

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