Guests will receive a free Ale Industries brew with admission, meet the artisan brewing team, stroll the Conservatory with a botanical treasure map and then settle in for the light show with music, food and more hops-based elixirs from Barbary Coast!
For more information about how to become a member or to register for the Members-Only party please contact May Slen, Development & Membership Coordinator at [email protected] or call (415) 577-2584 today!
Save the Date: Dracula Ball - Gala Under Glass
Our annual fundraising event, the Dracula Orchid Ball - Gala Under Glass, will be Thursday, October 19. This exclusive event for only 500 guests will break the mold for San Francisco, engaging each of your senses in a vibrant, mysterious, sensual adventure.
Gaslamp Fantasy will be our After-Party, a wild experience until the witching hour.
Tickets will go on sale in mid-August - stay tuned!
Please see our website and Idealist.org for these position descriptions and information on how to apply.
Thank you Salesforce Volunteers!
Thank you, Salesforce volunteers for your hard work in the Conservatory's Lath House!
Click here to visit our website for volunteer opportunities!
For more information about volunteering contact Eric Hupperts, Interim Volunteer Manager at (415) 637-4326 or [email protected].
As the oldest standing building in Golden Gate Park the Conservatory of Flowers has captivated the interest of visitors of all ages and from all over the world.
Cheryl Itamura, graciously shares with us a photo of her first visit to "the glass dome" when she was only 20 months old. Dressed in 1965 style, Cheryl and her uncle posed for a photo in the space that visitors know today as the Special Exhibit Gallery where it was once filled to the perimeter with vibrant, blooming begonias.
What's in Bloom?
Common Name: Lobster Claws, False Bird-of-Paradise
Family Name: Zingiberales
Native to: Tropical Americas, Pacific Islands
Location in Conservatory: Northside of Lowland Tropics Gallery
Heliconia is a genus of flowering tropical plants with approximately 225 species. The majority of Heliconia species are native to tropical Central and South America; however, several species are found on islands in the West Pacific. Heliconias thrive in tropical conditions and habitats that have an abundance of water, sunlight, and rich soil. The inflorescence, or cluster of flowers, are quite distinctive and range in colorful hues of red, orange, yellow, and green. The inflorescence consists of brightly colored, waxy bracts (specialized leaves at the base of flowers) arranged alternately on the stem that encloses and protect small flowers.
Heliconias support a diversity of ecological relationships with various organisms. Hummingbirds are the principle pollination of Heliconias in the Americas. The flowers produce an abundance of nectar and the color, shape, and curve of the flowers are adapted to specific hummingbird species. Several species of
Heliconia open their flowers at night to attract nectar-eating bats for pollination. Additionally, multiple species of bats use the leaves and foliage to construct habitats and shelters. Heliconia species with upright bracts are known to collect rainwater and support a community of minute, aquatic fauna. Interestingly, the name Heliconia is derived from Mount Helicon, a mountain in southern Greece that is known in Greek mythology to be the home of the Muses.
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.