This show has concluded. Learn more about or our new 2018 nightly Summer installation.

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 scenes. Nightly from December 7 through Spring 2018.

Developed in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks, the Conservatory and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, the light art installation, conceived by Ben Davis of Illuminate, the nonprofit arts group behind The Bay Lights, together with Obscura Digital, a world-renowned creative studio specializing in large scale light-based art, uses gobo projectors to transform the all-white landmark with a series of exquisite scenes inspired by the rare tropical flowers within and the magic of nature’s regenerative force

Nightly Illumination

Beginning December 7, the outside of the Conservatory of Flowers will be illuminated at dusk, and continue to run as a loop throughout the night. The best viewing areas are on JFK Drive and in Conservatory Valley. Parking is available along JFK Drive.

Nightly – Sundown to midnight.

FREE – This is a public art installation and occurs outside the Conservatory.


From June 21 – November 26, 2017, flowers powered the night in honor of San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. The Conservatory of Flowers became the canvas for its first ever light art installation. Read more about it here.

You can help the Conservatory by donating directly towards funding this exhibit.
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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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