Join the Conservatory’s community partners for family-friendly demonstrations and conversations exploring rainforest creatures, the use of tropical plants for delicious foods and beverages, and the ways in which people are inspired by plants in the arts and sciences. These are FREE events located on the Conservatory’s Palm Terrace. Tickets to the Conservatory are not required.

Saturday, June 24 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Spices of the Tropics
with Spice Ace

Culinary experts from San Francisco’s Spice Ace will explore the diversity of spices from the tropics such as vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Spice Ace’s Master Blender will inspire new recipes and mixes for your next culinary adventure. Learn about the botanical and culinary history of tropical spices, and then visit the Conservatory’s vanilla orchid or cinnamon tree.

Saturday, July 1 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Capturing Botanical Beauty
with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists

Explore the intersection of art and science. Now a thriving art form, Botanical illustration is one of the oldest watercolor genres used throughout history to classify the importance of plants.

Saturday, July 8 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Printing with Plants
with San Francisco Center for the Book

San Francisco Center for the Book will be at the Conservatory to teach visitors the art of a naturalist notebook. Build your own small book and print the pages with colorful orchids, feathery ferns, and textured tillandsias. Learn the art of the naturalist notebook, then explore the Conservatory to find the plants in your pages.

Saturday, July 15 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Tropics
with Lick Your Eyeballs

Get up close to tropical reptiles with the Lick Your Eyeballs team. Meet geckos that lick their eyeballs, hold a 3-foot friendly lizard, and hang out with a colorful chameleon. Lick You Eyeballs will introduce you to the wonderful world of tropical reptiles and amphibians and their ecology.

Saturday, July 22 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
The Orchid Doctor
with Paul Bourbin

Are your Miltonia orchids a mess and your Phaelaenopsis failing to bloom? Whatever ails your orchid, the Conservatory’s Doctor can help! Conservatory volunteer Paul Bourbin has been in the business of growing and rescuing orchids for 30 years. He’ll offer repotting demonstrations, plant identification, and tips for caring for your orchids. The doctor will be in between the hours of 12:00 and 3:00 to look at your plant or a photo of your plant and prescribe advice.

Saturday, July 29 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Microcosmos at the Conservatory
with Foldscope

We will use Foldscope microscopes take a close look into the natural wonders of Golden Gate Park as well as special curiosities from the Conservatory, including the scales of butterfly wings and the micro-community hidden in carnivorous plants. The Foldscope is an ultra-affordable paper microscope that you can use and assemble easily, to do microscopy anywhere at anytime.

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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!

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