See a dazzling array of more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including monarchs, Western swallowtails, painted ladies, and more. On some occasions, giant moths, like the impressive cecropia moth, will make an appearance as well.
Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park becomes the canvas for a spectacular light art installation to honor San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Explore the twists and turns of San Francisco’s beloved Victorian greenhouse as charismatic characters pull you deep into a chilling 19th-century murder mystery.
Black Sands Brewery – A brewery designed and constructed by homebrewers. Black Sands Brewery is built on the philosophy that beer is for sharing. Not just the final product, but the entire process of making it.
Drake’s Brewing Company – passionate about brewing with integrity and bringing people together over great beer. With the gritty, artisan spirit that embodies the East bay community we call home, Drake’s has been honing the perfect union of hops and grain since 1989.
Dracula orchids, native to Andean Cloud Forests, represent both the powerful glory of an ingenious Earth, employing near-miraculous schemes to attract pollinators and thrive, and the poignant tragedy of assault on Earth by mining, logging and climate change. The Andes is the most diverse region of the planet, home to 15% of the world’s biodiversity. The Conservatory of Flowers is a portal to the verdant diversity of Earth’s tropical rain and cloud forests, through which guests can glimpse the glory and learn about these fragile ecosystems to protect them.
Barrel Head Brewhouse – This NOPA brewhouse and restaurant enjoys experimentation, trying to nail classic styles, and keeping their regulars on their toes, by constantly brewing innovative beers encompassing the spectrum of malty, hoppy, and weird.
In 2009 Ale Industries set out with a rebellious spirit, an environmentally-conscious endeavor striving to spread the blissful experience of a craft. Ale Industries – Oakland-Based, Environmentally-Conscious Brewery.
We will use Foldscope microscopes take a close look into the natural wonders of Golden Gate Park as well as special curiosities from the Conservatory, including the scales of butterfly wings and the micro-community hidden in carnivorous plants. The Foldscope is an ultra-affordable paper microscope that you can use and assemble easily, to do microscopy anywhere at anytime.
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.
Fort Point Beer Company prides itself as a New American brewery – the product of a thriving American craft beer culture, shaped by deeply San Franciscan values: quality craftsmanship and a spirit of innovation.
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.
San Francisco Center for the Book will be at the Conservatory to teach visitors the art of a naturalist notebook. Build your own small book and print the pages with colorful orchids, feathery ferns, and textured tillandsias. Learn the art of the naturalist notebook, then explore the Conservatory to find the plants in your pages.
Explore the intersection of art and science. Now a thriving art form, botanical illustration is one of the oldest watercolor genres used throughout history to classify the importance of plants. View the work of local artists and try your hand at drawing a carnivorous pitcher plant with help from a volunteer instructor.
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This Friday night, the Conservatory of Flowers continues its celebration of the Summer of Love with a night of mindfulness, illumination, and flower power. In partnership with Illuminate and SF Rec and Park, the Conservatory and the beautiful flower-filled valley below it become the scene for Phototaxis, featuring free admission to the Conservatory between 6:30-8:30pm for anyone wearing a flower in their hair; a chance to light a candle, ring a custom-made chime, and create sacred space within a tunnel from 6-10pm; and the opportunity to experience the gorgeous illumination of the Conservatory building starting at approximately 9pm.
Inside, you’ll find a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants under glass. From Borneo to Bolivia, the 1,750 species of plants represent unusual flora from more than 50 countries around the world. Immersive displays in five galleries include the lowland tropics, highland tropics, aquatic plants, potted plants, and special exhibits.
“B Together and Listen Deeply” is a weekly tunnel ritual in Conservatory Valley hosted by Illuminate with volunteer support from Taking It To The Streets. It makes its debut on June 30. Come and you will be given a candle by volunteers. Reflect on a singular love in your life–an old flame, new flame, or eternal flame. You are also invited to ring one of three custom-made chimes by Dan Gottwald that sound in the note of B. Find the reverberation in your body and hum or chant together.
Then, wrap yourself in a blanket and sit back to experience the illumination of the Conservatory. The light art installation, initiated by 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 legacy of San Francisco’s flower children.
Culinary experts from San Francisco’s Spice Ace will explore the diversity of spices from the tropics such as vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Spice Ace’s Master Blender will inspire new recipes and mixes for your next culinary adventure. Learn about the botanical and culinary history of tropical spices, and then visit the Conservatory’s vanilla orchid or cinnamon tree.
Explore the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and arthropods with Save Nature. Hold giant darkling beetles, colorful grasshoppers, 240 legged African millipedes and Madagascar hissing cockroaches. The Insect Discovery Lab will teach about the natural history of tropical insects and their key roles in the web of life.
San Francisco’s artisan chocolatierDandelion Chocolatewill be at the Conservatory to share howthey roast, crack, sort, winnow, grind, conch, and temper small batches of beans and then mold and package each bar by hand. Learn about the process, then visit the Conservatory’s own Theobroma cacao tree inside the greenhouse
We are delighted to offer artists and photographers a special opportunity to set up easels and tripods outside of normal hours of operation in our special exhibits gallery. Capture the amazing Butterfly exhibit crowd free, take your time to get that extraordinary photo!
Coffee roasting experts from San Francisco’s Sightglass Coffee will be at the Conservatory to explain how they source, roast, and brew a wondrous cup of coffee. Processing methods, varieties, growing altitudes, climate, soil and farm conditions are a few of the many factors that shape and determine a coffee’s overall quality.Learn about the process, then visit the Conservatory’s own Coffea arabica plants inside the greenhouse.