huge thank you to San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department's
(SFPRD) Trades and their hard work for keeping the Victorian facility
beautifully maintained while keeping its historic preservation in tact
for all to visit.
the course of one week our city's electricians, engineers, painters,
metal workers, masonry workers and carpenters completed work projects to
maintain and enhance the iconic Conservatory.
Stop by and visit us to see all the improvements that were made during our annual building closure.
The Conservatory of Flowers was mentioned in Condé Nast Traveller's article featuring San Francisco's Best Historic Sights to visit rich history and preserved gems.
Our favorite line from the feature:
"This is a calm and beautiful
place to relax - amidst the cloud-forest orchids and thick lily pads in a
delightfully hot, fragrant fug."
addition to being named San Francisco's Best First Date destination,
this gracious shout out touches on our preservation efforts of the
historic Victorian structure and old San Francisco history under a
With a Membership Pass to See the Butterflies and Blooms Everyday
Members of the Conservatory of Flowers are entitled free admission to visit the Butterflies and Blooms daily.
Let your local plant lover in on the secret or surprise them with a
gift membership today to visit the iconic Victorian building!
discounts to after-hours events, day programs, Conservatory gift shop
items and local garden shops, and invitation to our annual Members-Only
Party and be the first to hear about all the Conservatory news around town!
Now announcing a free one-year subscription of Martha Stewart Living or Better Homes and Gardens when you sign up or renew a Conservatory Membership today!
Click here to learn more about the available membership levels and simply join our
extensive Conservatory Community of plant lovers and conservators
Featured speaker of the OCA Benefit Dinner is Lou
Jost of Baños, Ecuador, founder of Fundación EcoMinga. His
talk, entitled Discovering, Studying, Conserving Ecuador's Orchids, will go into depth about the amazing efforts Lou and his colleagues have participated in to conserve orchids.
of the OCA Benefit Dinner go toward Lou and EcoMinga to support the
expansion of a new Dracula orchid reserve in northern Ecuador. Tickets
and event details are available on the OCA website and must be purchased in advance.
In honor of Black History month the Conservatory Trivia explores the history of George Washington Carver, the original "Plant Doctor" whose frail and sickly childhood led him to help friends and neighbors nurture their sick plants.
was unable to work in the fields, so he did household chores and
gardening. He was left with many free hours to wander the woods -
collecting rocks and flowers, and beginning a lifelong love affair with
Best known for his innovation in the hundreds of ways to use peanuts it was eventually realized that "growing peanuts contributed to the sustainability of farms, in part because peanuts naturally add beneficial nitrogen to the soil. Insecticides,
glue, charcoal, rubber, nitroglycerine, plastics and axle grease are
just a few of the many valuable peanut products discovered by Dr.
Carver's death, Franklin D. Roosevelt sent this message, "All mankind
are the beneficiaries of his discoveries in the field of agricultural
chemistry. The things which he achieved in the face of early handicaps
will for all time afford an inspiring example to youth everywhere."
ferox is a member of the Malvaceae plant family, and is a relative
of hibiscus, cotton, and cacao. The large leaves can grow up to 2 feet
wide and have distinctive red veins. Prickly spines cover the red-veined
leaves and stems of this tropical shrub. The striking blooms are red
and yellow. The genus, Wercklea, is named in honor of Carl Werckle
(1860-1924), a French naturalist who made important contributions to
Costa Rican botany. The species name, ferox, translates to fierce
Check out What's in Bloom for the most updated list of blooming beauties in the Potted Plants Gallery.
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.