PAST EXHIBITS & EVENTS
Botanicals and Brews: Rare and Unusual
October 18 | 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
What better way to engage with the Conservatory’s rare and unusual plant collection than by doing so with some of the rarest and unusual brews.
Botanicals and Brews: Oktoberfest
September 20 | 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Don your lederhosen and join the fun!
Botanicals and Brews: In Bloom
August 16 | 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Our blooming collection and blooming taste buds mingle at this sumptuous thriller for the senses.
Botanicals and Brews: Historic Gems
July 19 | 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
We’re celebrating 140 years. Join us as we highlight some of the oldest plants in our collection.
Botanicals and Brews: SF Pride
June 21 | 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
On summer solstice, celebrate diversity in support of San Francisco Pride.
How to Create a Living Wall
San Francisco Public Library
June 15 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
In this special demonstration, Mario Vega, Nursery Specialist at the Conservatory of Flowers, will discuss the “Indoor Jungle” with a focus on vertical gardening. This demonstration is held at the San Francisco Public Library.LEARN MORE
July 8, 2017
Printing with Plantswith San Francisco Center for the Book
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.
July 1, 2017
Capturing Botanical Beautywith the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists
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.
June 30, 2017
(activity and admission times vary)
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.
June 24, 2017
Spices of the Tropicswith Spice Ace
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.
June 17, 2017
Insect Discovery Labwith Save Nature
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.
June 10, 2017
Bean-to-Bar: How Chocolate is Madewith Dandelion Chocolate
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
June 5, 2017
Glasshouse Artists – Butterfly Series
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!
June 3, 2017
Bean-to-Cup: How Coffee is Madewith Sightglass Coffee
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.
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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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