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Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons
Celebrate the natural wonders of the season with "Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons,"
a new series of artistic illuminations on the Conservatory's iconic
façade. This program completes a cycle, transforming the Conservatory
into an elegant illuminated canvas of fall, winter and spring
Join us on tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, for the official unveiling, as part of "Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park," a free special event hosted by San Francisco Recreation & Park.
We will be open with limited hours on Sunday, December 24. Last ticket sold at 1:30p.m. On Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1, the Conservatory will be closed.
Week-long Maintenance Closure in January
We will be closed to the public
for maintenance beginning Saturday, January 20 through Monday, January
29. We will return to regular hours on Tuesday, January 30. Please keep
this in mind when planning a visit to the Conservatory in
Photo by Candiss Koenitzer
Botanicals & Brews Beer Garden: Last One of 2017
Friday, December 15 at 6:30p.m.
Our Botanicals & Brews series concludes with Calicraft, a local brewery that likes to think of their beer as the best of California, in a bottle.
Learn about their brewing
process, explore the Conservatory plant collection, and enjoy our new
nightly light show, Love for All Seasons.
Conservatory Trivia - Getting to Know Leland Stanford, One of "The 27"
"If, as they say, God spanked the town
For being over frisky,
Why did He burn the churches down
And save Hotaling's whiskey?'"
Charles Kellogg Field
Anson Parsons Hotaling, one of
the 27 businessmen who bought the Conservatory from the estate of James
Lick, was born in 1828 in New Baltimore, New York. At the age of 24,
Hotaling sailed from New York to California in the "Racehound," seeking
the Gold Rush. En route the ship was forced to dock for an extended
period at Valparaiso, Chile where he thought he might remain, however,
he did eventually travel to California.
Unhappy with gold mining, he
clerked at W.J. Griffin's liquor store and within a few years, bought it
out, opening his own company, A.P. Hotaling & Co. By 1880, he was
the largest wholesaler in the area, selling nearly 2,000 barrels per
year. He expanded up the West Coast to Seattle and Portland, with
J.H. Cutter Whiskey as his flagship brand. Other brand names included
St. George, OK A No. 1 Old Bourbon, Old Kirk and "Death to Imitators."
The great fire of 1906 burned nearly every other liquor warehouse - BUT
that of Hotaling, which was unscathed. Prohibition shut down his
business in 1919, but Andon died in 1899, much mourned by his widow,
Lorena, and four sons.
We hoist a cup to his memory!
What's in Bloom?
Hippeastrum is a genus in the
family Amaryllidaceae with 70-75 species and 600 hybrids and
cultivars. The genus is native to tropical regions of the Caribbean,
Mexico and South America. Hippeastrum reticulatum grows in wet
sandy soils in Southern Brazil and usually needs a month-long dormancy
during winter and blooms in the fall.
For many years there was confusion
among botanists over the generic
names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum. The common name
"amaryllis" is mainly used for the indoor flowering bulbs sold in the
winter. The generic name Amaryllis applies to bulbs from South
Africa, usually grown outdoors. They are also commonly called naked
Golden Gate Park closes many of its roads to all vehicle traffic.
$9.00 for Adults;
$6.00 for Youth 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID;
$3.00 for Children 5-11;
Free for Children 4 and under
Discounts available to all SF City and County residents with proof of residency.
The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.
Conservatory of Flowers is wheelchair accessible for bothmotorized and
non motorized chairs. Handicap permit parking is located at the east
side of the building and also on JFK Drive in front of the