Join the Conservatory’s community partners this summer 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 on Saturdays from 12p.m-3p.m. Tickets to the Conservatory are not required.

Saturday, June 23rd - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Botanical Illustration
with Anoosh Books

Enjoy some peaceful plant sketching or get a silly portrait drawn with your favorite foliage. Anoosh Books is a local business providing commissioned artwork and drawing workshops.

Saturday, June 30th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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 Your Eyeballs will introduce you to the wonderful world of tropical reptiles and amphibians and their ecology.

Saturday, July 7th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Carnivorous Plants
with Tony Gridley

Details to come.

Saturday, July 14th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
with Spice Ace

Named one of the world’s best spice shops by Food and Wine Magazine, Spice Ace offers over 400 spices, herbs, blends, chiles, peppers, salts and extracts from all over the world. It is located in San Francisco.

Saturday, July 28th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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, August 4th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Microcosmic explorations
with Foldscope

The Foldscope is an ultra-affordable paper microscope that you can use and assemble easily! It is durable and pocket-sized, allowing you to do microscopy anywhere at anytime. Join us for an afternoon of microcosmic explorations outside the Conservatory of Flowers. We will dive into the natural wonders of Golden Gate Park as well as special curiosities from the Conservatory!

Saturday, August 11th - 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Exploring Native Plants
with Sutro Stewards

Sutro Stewards work to conserve habitat through ecological restoration and native plant propagation while building trails for multi-use recreation in the UCSF Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve.


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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