Greetings Friends, Neighbors and Supporters,

It is my honor to welcome you to the Conservatory of Flowers website – a warm and sincere digital hello!

We are ecstatic that you look to the Conservatory as a place to escape the chill of San Francisco, the stress of everyday life or travel, or as a resource on rare and unusual plants. The Conservatory of Flowers is a national, state and local landmark, officially “Landmark Number 841” in the State of California. Built in 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers was the first formal structure erected in Golden Gate Park and remains an icon at the entrance of world renowned Golden Gate Park.

The Conservatory is literally filled to the brim with flowers, foliage and plants from around the world, with a concentration on tropical plants. It’s a place where you will always be greeted with a warm smile, an unforgettable experience, and an opportunity to view a plant or flower that you may not see anywhere else. Come visit the Conservatory today and immerse yourself in our five distinct galleries, each focusing on highlighting a different ecosystem, ranging from a tropical rainforest to the cloud forests perched on top of mountains. Once inside the Conservatory you will engage all senses: see an awesome array of colors and textures; feel the warm, moist air; smell intoxicating fragrances; taste the mist on your tongue; hear the trickle of falling water, a clap of thunder in our rainforest, or crickets as the sun starts to set.

We are proud that the Conservatory is engaged in important conservation and education work, keeping rare and unusual plants on display for the young and old, just as we have done since 1879. We are proud to translate the amazing stories of plants unique features or ingenious adaptation traits through our carefully curated interpretation and experiences. Finally, we are proud to welcome children of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Everyone I meet who came to the Conservatory as a child remembers their visit – this is inspiration we are proud to create on a daily basis. When you come to the Conservatory for the first time, I guarantee you will say, “Wow!”

Please visit us often, and we look forward to seeing you around the Conservatory.

Warm regards,

Matthew Stephens, Director

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