A monthly newsletter for our growing Conservatory Community
Photo Credit: Lovebird Photography
We hope you've had an amazing start of summer this 2017!
Conservatory of Flowers is alight with the glow of nighttime
delights. From Botanicals and Brews, Murder Mysteries to our
vibrant, psychedelic illumination in Golden Gate Park, mark your
calendar and register for "front-row" seats!
Photo Credit: Saxon Holt
In case you missed it, the Summer
Solstice launched the Conservatory as the epicenter of all things
Summer of Love, with more than 20,000 groovy people enjoying a fantastic
free concert in front of our iconic and now psychedelic Conservatory.
Great news! This illumination,
continue displaying nightly until October 21. This stunning,
six-image art installation will commence just after dark each night!
Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden
The Conservatory of Flowers is pleased to welcome
Fort Point Beer Co. as co-host of our first-ever Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden on Friday, July 21 at 6:30 pm.
will receive a free Fort Point brew with admission, meet the artisan
brewing team, stroll the Conservatory and then settle in for the light
show with music, food and more hops-based elixirs from Barbary Coast!
Tickets are on sale now on our
In August, the Conservatory of Flowers becomes the site of a Victorian Murder Mystery,
marking the launch of a unique series of hand-crafted murders the last
Friday of each month. Intrigue, jealousy and nefarious intent
course through each Conservatory Gallery and guests are challenged to
solve the murder (as they eat and drink, of course). Tickets are on sale now! Click here for dates and to register.
It's a Flower Frenzy this summer, as two of our friends continue celebrating the bloom, as well!
Don't miss San Francisco Botanical Garden's third annual Flower Piano, taking place July 13-24.
Twelve Days, Twelve Pianos, One Garden & You, as the Garden, once
again, becomes the city's own outdoor concert hall, where everyone is
invited to play or listen, enjoying the powerful relationship of music,
community, and nature. And on view in the Library through August
is Exquisite Blooms: Chinese Brush Paintings by "Janny" Xiaoqin Huang, depicting flowers from the Garden, including poppies, magnolias, peonies, and more.
Be part of history and join the Asian Art Museum's
effort to earn the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest human
flower. LOTUS LIVE will gather 3,000 community members to form a
beautiful lotus that can be seen from the sky. RSVP to Make History.
Don't forget, Conservatory members receive a 20% discount on memberships at both organizations through July!
For Garden membership, visit the SFBG wesbiteand for Asian Art Museum membership, visit the AAM website, using membership promo code CONSERVATORY20.
Smile with the Conservatory of Flowers
Everyday is a great reason to smile!
On Tuesday July 11th, smilewith us!
Amazon's third-annual Prime Day is on
Tuesday, July 11 and will feature more than 100,000 deals
exclusively for Prime members, making it one of the biggest shopping
days of the year. Click here to make your purchase and smiles count towards the Conservatory!
Support your local living museum and
open up to experience an extensive Conservatory Community that
celebrates natural beauty. All membership level fees are 100% tax-deductible.
Current Conservatory Members: Stay tuned for details and your invitation in the mail box!
Save the Date: Dracula Ball
To Sponsor the Dracula
Orchid Ball, contact Samantha Smart Merritt, Chief Development Officer
at [email protected] or (415) 595-6950.
Photo Credit: Cathrine Lyon-Labate
With summer off to a great start here
at the Conservatory of Flowers we look back in history when the
national historic landmark received a restorative makeover after
experiencing a brutal 1995 storm. The Conservatory was
placed on the 100 most Endangered World Monuments list by the World
Monuments Fund in 1998 that led to a national fundraising campaign. "The restoration of the Conservatory of Flowers highlights the importance of partnerships between public and private entities."
Brian Curran Jr. writes, "It
is hoped that when they depart, they take away with them not only the
lesson that well-tended gardens can be awe-inspiring, but that monuments
themselves are able to bloom just as brilliantly."
Click here to gaze at amazing color photos of the process and read about the Conservatory's restoration history in depth.
What's in Bloom?
Common Name: Water Lily
Family Name: Nymphaeaceae
Native to: Cosmopolitan Distribution
Location in Conservatory: North of the Aquatics Gallery bridge
Water "lilies" are not related to
true lilies nor are they related to the lotus. The plant's name
Nymphaea comes from the Greek word for "nymph", which are supernatural
feminine beings associated with springs. The blue
water lilies found in the Conservatory are striking because of the
contrast of the blue sepals and petals and the yellow stamen which
contain the pollen. Some Nymphaea need
tropical climates and others can be grown in a Bay Area backyard. The
leaves of hardy water lilies, which can be grown in non-tropical areas,
have smooth edges. The leaves of water lilies found in tropical regions,
like the Amazon, have scalloped edges.
Explore tropical beauties in the Aquatics Gallery on our website today to see What's in Bloom today!
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.
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