A monthly newsletter for our growing Conservatory Community
Greetings Conservatory Community!
April blossoms with innovation and illumination at the Conservatory!
April we are celebrating the 147th birthday of Golden Gate Park, 47
years of Earth Day, a new Chief Development Officer and the emergence of
a new campaign to Light up the Conservatory.
We hope to engage you in this wildly exciting, luminous project
which will activate the Conservatory at night, creating space for a
plethora of new activity.
Light up the Conservatory!
Conservatory of Flowers is planning a spectacular illumination project,
which will light up our beloved living museum at night. Our
vision is that this beautiful Victorian structure will become a vibrant
canvas. Working with Obscura and Illuminate, partners behind the Bay
Lights, our plan is to install an ever-evolving artistic external
lighting exhibit that will create a magical nighttime experience in the
Park. Please donate now to support this project! We plan to light up the night on the Summer Solstice, June 21.
Stay tuned for more news about this kick-off to the Summer of Love in Golden Gate Park!
Conservatory welcomes Samantha Smart Merritt as Chief Development
Officer, as our cherished Jane Scurich retires after a decade of
excellence and devotion to the Conservatory of Flowers. Samantha
is an experienced Development professional and nonprofit leader with
three decades of experience supporting diverse nonprofit missions.
She is exuberant to land at the Conservatory, working with this
passionate team, and so many volunteers and donors, to enhance resources
and build long-term sustainability for the Conservatory.
2nd Annual Bubbles and Blooms Festival
From Butterflies & Blooms to Bubbles & Blooms! Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards hosts the 2nd annual Bubbles & Blooms Festival, Saturday, April 22
from 12:00 p.m - 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of Spring, Food and
Sparkling Wine as the winery is transformed with an irresistible array
of colorful floral and green art showpieces as well as DIY sustainable
gardening examples. The Earth Day event provides inspiration for
sprucing up your home inside and out while putting you face-to-face with
experts on sustainable gardening, floral arranging and nature
Use promo code COLBB2017 for $5 off tickets. Click here for more info.
Fashion Fundraising for the Conservatory!
This season, Jigsaw London commissioned British
artist Marcus James to create a set of printed artworks for its
womenswear collection, inspired by two mathematical concepts: order and
chaos. Order is a story of balance and beauty, floral hand drawings
manipulated by screen printing. Inspired by chaos theory's butterfly
effect, the chaos print captures energy through continuous unbalanced
lines, hand drawn with charcoal.
up a voucher at the Conservatory of Flowers on Tuesday, May 2nd (our
FREE day!) and shop the new collection May 3rd-5th at Jigsaw London,
Bloomingdale's San Francisco City Centre, 845 Market Street, Level 2 to
have 10% of your purchase donated to the Conservatory. *Voucher much be
presented in order for donation to be made. T&Cs apply.
Get Eye to Eye With a Butterfly and Moth!
A newly emerged Cecropia moth is now in the midst ofButterflies & Blooms. Visit soon to see the Cecropia and a Luna moth that emerged overnight. Moths only live a few days, so hurry on over!
Walk through the mesh doorways
into the Special Exhibit Gallery and view magical chrysalises -- some
sleeping soundly, some ready to emerge!
You never know, you may be lucky enough to catch the moment when one of these delicate beauties takes flight!
Marvel at these wondrous creatures, learn about their life cycle and the adaptations each butterfly has developed to survive!
Butterfly Release Program
Upgrade and complete your butterfly experience by joining the Butterfly Patrol!
Visit today and ask a Guest Services Staff member upon entry about how to become a member of the Butterfly Patrol.
Did you see the recent TV spotlight on sonic meditation in the Conservatory?
Conservatory is not only the perfect venue for a spectacular wedding,
but for all manner of events. Your business or group can arrange to rent
all or part of the Conservatory for an unforgettable experience.
With a Year-Long Pass to See the Butterflies & Blooms Everyday
Be the first to hear about all the Conservatory news!
Members of the Conservatory of Flowers are entitled to free unlimited admission to visit our current Special Exhibit Butterflies & Blooms!
Now you have the option to receive a free one-year subscription of Martha Stewart Living or Better Homes and Gardens when you renew your membership or become a new Conservatory of Flowers Member!
It's fast and easy! Click here to learn more about the available membership levels and join our
extensive Conservatory Community of plant lovers and conservators
Did you know the Conservatory of Flowers was once the temporary home to cold-blooded and ferocious vertebrates?
It's not a myth -- In April of 1982 the
pond in the gallery we know today as the Aquatics Gallery housed 9
snapping turtles, 2 crocodiles, and 4 alligators while the formerly
known Steinhart Aquarium at the time was under construction.
One of the 6 workers tasked to bring the reptiles home came to know more of the insides of a particular crocodile's mouth. Take a look back in Conservatory history with us in this "Forgotten Day in San Francisco" feature of the historic Victorian Greenhouse.
Midnight in the Garden
You are invited to join the AIDS LifeCycle team in celebrating life
at the Conservatory of Flowers. All of the proceeds of this Springtime
Gala go to charities that care for those suffering the affects of
HIV/AIDS and to others that are working to develop a cure. Please join
us for an evening of gourmet food, small batch sparkling wine, drag
performances and much more. Full evening tickets (7:30 pm): $100;
Performance only tickets (9:00 pm): $50. Visit the event page for more information.
What's in Bloom?
Location: Highland Gallery
Native to: Mexico to Brazil
Masdevallias are a genus of 350 cool-growing orchid species. They are best known for
their unusual triangle-shaped flowers made up of sepals fused into a
tube-like structure. Though the flower shape is similar from plant to
plant, the difference in size and color is wide and wonderful.
Conservatory's orchids are placed in galleries where the temperature
and humidity are closest to their native environment. The Highlands
gallery recreates a cloud forest. Most Masdevallias are from high
altitude cloud forests from Mexico to Brazil and require very cool
conditions and abundant moisture throughout the year.
Golden Gate Park closes many of its roads to all vehicle traffic.
$8.00 for Adults;
$6.00 for Youth 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID;
$2.00 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.
Accessibility: The Conservatory of Flowers is
wheelchair accessible for both motorized 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 Conservatory.
Happy #Fogust! Join us for #FreeFirstTuesday next week sponsored by The Apothecarium and Kikoko. Our hours will be extended until 8pm with a food truck on hand starting at noon. Thank you for supporting our community and mission. ... See MoreSee Less