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Event Rentals

The Conservatory of Flowers offers rentals for a wide range of events- whether you’re booking a corporate event, hosting a cocktail party, planning your wedding or 25th anniversary party, the Conservatory of Flowers is the most unique historical site in the Bay Area. This historic facility, located in Golden Gate Park, boasts five exhibit spaces with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world. Each gallery showcases unique plants and flowers, custom metal work and architectural beauty throughout the building. The Conservatory also has additional spaces available for rentals including Palm Terrace, a pavilion, and bridal lounge or breakout room. Download our event brochure.

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WEDDINGS

The Conservatory is available to rent for ceremony, cocktail hour, seated dinner and dancing receptions. Host it all or scale it down. View our Brochure for a detailed walk through Conservatory weddings.

Wedding guests move through the landmark facility throughout the evening, and appreciate the ease of ceremony and reception all in one place. They’ll enjoy reserved parking (a rare perk for drivers in San Francisco) in the Dahlia Garden, where the city’s official flower is at its magnificent peak July through October.

VENDORS
We work with an exclusive list of outside caterers and lighting specialists. View the Approved Vendor List, which also includes our local favorites for other wedding services.

AVAILABILITY
Weddings may be held year-round, daily, starting at 6:00 p.m. Additional fees may apply for holidays and Sundays.

PRICING
For a quote, email rentals(at)sfcof.org with the following information: preferred date of rental, estimated number of guests, and type of event. To book your date, we require a site visit, signed rental contract and 25% deposit.

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CORPORATE RENTALS

The Conservatory of Flowers is available to rent for meetings and luncheons, company parties and promotional events. Our greenhouse is an elegant, lush backdrop for cocktails or a fun educational experience, while our rentable event space, the Orchid Pavilion, is a blank canvas that can be adapted to your needs. There’s also a large platform in front of the Conservatory where tenting and cocktails/dining is possible.

The Conservatory is a classic, iconic San Francisco landmark. We’re a beloved venue for locals, and an exceptional choice when you’re looking to dazzle out-of-towners. We offer reserved parking, a grand entrance for shuttle drop-offs, or convenient valet parking.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

+ How do I arrange a site visit?

Email rentals@sfcof.org to arrange your site visit. Site visits are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and generally last a half hour to 45 minutes.

+ Where are receptions and dinners held?

In 2008, we opened the Orchid Pavilion, a lofty event space with windows the length of its south wall, facing a small courtyard to extend receptions outdoors. The floor plan measures 65’-4’’ x 34’-2’’, with 2232.2 total square feet of floor space, and features a cathedral ceiling with industrial beams. For a dinner, 150 people can be seated. For larger parties, tented wedding receptions are held on the lawn or the platform directly in front of the Conservatory. Guests have access to all exhibit spaces throughout the evening.

+ Are candles allowed?

No open flames are permitted inside the Conservatory greenhouse, but are acceptable in the Orchid Pavilion with appropriate permits from the San Francisco Fire Department. It is the responsibility of the client to obtain the permit and present to the COF 7 days prior to event.

+ Can the Conservatory accommodate smaller parties and shorter rental times?

Yes. Just let us know what you’d like to do, and we’ll aim to accommodate your event.

+ Will the flower beds and the Dahlia Garden be in bloom?

The flower beds in the lower valley are planted by SF Recreation & Parks, and are not under the Conservatory’s jurisdiction. These flower beds change seasonally, generally twice a year. We cannot guarantee when the beds will be pulled. During specific times of the year the beds are not planted. The Dahlia Garden is planted by the Dahlia Society of California, and are typically in bloom July-October.

+ Can I bring my own flowers?

Floral décor is welcome in the Orchid Pavilion, but no flowers are permitted in the galleries. Wedding parties may have hand held bouquets and boutonnieres.

+ How do I reserve a date?

An event date is secured once your rental contract is signed and you’ve paid a deposit of 25% of your total rental fee. Deposits are fully refundable up to 90 days prior to your event, with written notice.

+ Who is responsible for event clean up?

The client is responsible for the set-up and removal of all equipment used for their event. This is typically handled by the caterer. The caterer is responsible for the cleaning of food preparation areas and food service cleanup during and after the event, including all rental equipment such as tables, chairs, flatware, glassware, etc. All trash must be removed at the completion of the event. Caterer clean up includes sweeping, mopping and hosing food prep areas. Typically, private restrooms are rented, but in the case park restrooms are used, cleaning will be billed at $100.00 and is included in the total fee. Clients are not charged for the hours that caterers and vendors are onsite setting up and breaking down the event.

+ Is parking available?

Reserved parking can be arranged in the Dahlia Garden. Limited parking is also available on John F. Kennedy Drive.

+ Should I arrange transportation for my guests?

Taxi service is sporadic and not reliable in Golden Gate Park. We recommend making prior arrangements for transportation, such as coach bus service or town cars for your guests. These services are often equivalent in price to individual taxi service.

+ Do I need insurance to rent your facility?

Yes. The Conservatory requires a certificate of insurance in the amount of up to $1 million of coverage. The client obtains this through their insurance company and must provide it seven days prior to their event. This is also available online: wedsafe.com or theeventhelper.com.

+ Am I required to rent restrooms?

Restroom trailers are included in reception rental fees. If you’re hosting a smaller gathering or a ceremony, the park restrooms are made available, without an extra fee, and kept open for the length of your event. While these are sufficient for a ceremony, they are not private to your guests, and anyone in the park is welcome to use them while they are open.

+ Where are ceremonies held?

Weddings can be held on the platform or lawns directly in front of the Conservatory, or in the Orchid Pavilion. More intimate ceremonies can be accommodated within the Conservatory gardens. Up to 16 guests can be seated, or 35 standing-room-only, within the Potted Plants Gallery, and Special Exhibit ceremony capacities vary with the rotating exhibit design.

+ What happens if I’ve planned an outdoor ceremony and it rains?

Should you decide against an outdoor ceremony due to rain on your wedding day, the Orchid Gallery can seat up to 199 guests for your ceremony. You must decide by noon on your wedding day. The space will be flipped for your reception while guests enjoy cocktails in the botanical galleries.  

+ Can I serve food in the exhibit space?

Yes. Passed hors d’oeuvres, attended food stations and bars are welcome across the rental property. Seated dinners are accommodated in the Orchid Pavilion or tenting on the platform.

+ Does the Conservatory provide event coordination?

An onsite coordinator will assist with facility-related issues, but is not responsible for event planning. All event coordination is the responsibility of the client, and we highly recommend an event coordinator.

+ Do I need to use an approved caterer?

Yes. All of our caterers are well-versed in the policies and procedures of the COF, are fully insured and licensed by the city and state. The caterer provides all personnel and equipment required for preparation of food and beverage, and handles rental orders for tables, linens, dishware, etc.

+ Do you charge for a wedding ceremony rehearsal?

No. A one-hour rehearsal is included in wedding rentals, and is held based on facility availability, typically the day before the wedding during 4:30 – 6:00 pm.

+ Is your facility accessible?

Yes. The Conservatory has wheelchair access throughout, wheelchair accessible restrooms, and provides designated parking. Guests with wheelchairs or limited mobility may arrange to be dropped off and picked up directly in front of the Conservatory’s entry.

+ Is smoking allowed?

No. The Conservatory is a smoke free facility.

+ Can my guests park overnight?

Cars left in the park after 10:00pm may be towed, with the exception of special event times noted in the Dahlia Garden reserved parking.

+ Who orders the rental equipment?

Generally, the caterer will handle the rental of tables, tents, catering equipment, plates, dinnerware, and glassware. The COF rents the restrooms, and in some instances, will coordinate tent rentals and certain supplies.

+ Is there a room for the bride to get dressed before the ceremony?

The Conservatory of Flowers is excited to introduce the Lily Pad Lounge! This new addition to our wedding package serves as an ideal space for the bride and her party to get dressed before the ceremony, or as a private retreat for the couple to escape the “bustle” of the big day for a cocktail and a moment of quiet. Pictures coming soon!

+ Can I decorate the exhibit galleries?

The Orchid Pavilion may be decorated with prior design plans approved by the COF. Very limited additional decorations in the five exhibit galleries may be approved. Decorative or integral parts of the interior or exterior of the site cannot be moved or removed, such as plants, benches, flags, etc. Helium balloon use is not permitted inside the Conservatory of Flowers. Glitter, rice, confetti, bubbles, flowers or any other item cannot be tossed inside or immediately on the property of the COF. Violation of this policy will result in fining.

PHOTO PERMIT INFORMATION

Permits are required to shoot inside the Conservatory as well as the property immediately surrounding the Conservatory (the Conservatory’s Palm Terrace).

Rental: Groups larger than 8 or any commercial shoots require after-hour rental contract.

The Conservatory of Flowers is pleased to offer this unique venue for photo opportunities. All fees generated from your shoot support the collections, educational programs and the operations of the Conservatory of Flowers. We appreciate your support of this landmark facility.

Daytime Non-commercial

  • Still Photo, one tripod per photographer – Starts at $50 per 2-hour period up to 4 people
  • Daytime Wedding/Engagement/Group Photos- Starts at $100 per hour. Max. 8 people (excluding photographer)

For more information regarding photo permits email – permits(at)sfcof.org

After Hours – Commercial – Film

  • Groups larger than 8 or commercial shoots require after-hour rentals.
  • These permits must be scheduled in advance with our rentals manager.

For more information, email rentals(at)sfcof.org

To obtain a photo permit for the Conservatory Valley or any other areas in Golden Gate Park please contact San Francisco Rec and Park at (415) 831-5500.

VISIT US

Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you!

Golden Gate Park | 100 John F. Kennedy Drive | San Francisco, CA 94118| 415-831-2090