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The start of summer is right around the corner and here at the
Conservatory we are serving a full summer of surrealistic events! Join
us in the exploration of Terra the Titan arum's debut. Later this June
the whole city of San Francisco honors the anniversary of a popular counterculture movement in style - the 1967 Summer of Love!
Terra the Titan Arum's Debut
A Rare Bloom That Occurs Once Every 7-10 Years!
Common Name: Titan Arum, Corpse Flower
Family Name: Araceae
Native to: Sumatra, Indonesia
We are overjoyed for the expectant bloom of Terra the Titan arum in the coming week! Make accommodations today to see Terra - and stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram for daily updates. When Terra blooms, it will only last for 2 days and
it will stink like rotting meat! Watch out for extended evening hours
when Terra blooms. Irresistible!
Surrealistic Summer Solstice
We're Ready to Light it Up!
The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is lighting up the night in Golden Gate Park for the 50th anniversary
of the Summer of Love! With the visionary genius of Illuminate and
Obscura Digital, the graceful Conservatory will become a "canvas" for
light art. The Grand Lighting ceremony will take place on the
Summer Solstice, June 21, at dark.
What better way to celebrate than with a huge, free, Surrealistic
Summer Solstice Concert? Legendary musicians will revive the
iconic music of the late 1960's. Musical Director Dan Lebowitz
orchestrates a line up to include Bay Area music legends! Surrealistic
Summer Solstice performers are members of ALO, Ratdog, The Chambers
Brothers, The Jefferson Airplane, Motherhips, Quicksilver Messenger
Service, Tarnation, Katdelic, Terrapin Family Band, New Monsoon,
Moonalice and more to be announced.
The incomparable Meyer Sound, also celebrating its 50th
anniversary, is Sponsor of Sound! Delight in delectable food
trucks from Off the Grid!
Wear tie dye clothing as we seek to break the Guinness World Record (set in 2016 in Boston at 1,500 people)!
This is a free event, open to the public and occurring outside of
the Conservatory on John F. Kennedy Drive. Bring your blanket to
chill on the grass, but no coolers larger than 9 x 12, no glass and no
unauthorized vendors. Public transportation is encouraged as
parking will be challenging with JFK Drive closed off.
Presenting Partners of Surrealistic Summer Solstice - San Francisco
Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco Parks Alliance, the
Conservatory of Flowers, Illuminate, Obscura Digital and Meyer Sound.
the Conservatory's community partners for family-friendly
demonstrations and conversations exploring rainforest creatures, the use
of tropical plants for delicious foods and beverages, and the ways in
which people are inspired by plants in the arts and sciences. We're
kicking off the start of Conservatory Curiosities this summer with our
local partners Sightglass Coffee and Dandelion Chocolate. Discover and stimulate your Conservatory Curiosities today!
These are FREE events located on the Conservatory's Palm Terrace.
Tickets to the Conservatory are not required.
It's a Flower Frenzy this summer, as two of our friends are celebrating the bloom, as well!
San Francisco Botanical Garden is getting ready for their 3rd annual Flower Piano,
taking place July 13-24. It's 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. 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.
the Summer of Love, flowers became a powerful symbol of peace - a
concept plucked from Buddhist art. This summer, uncover this hidden
language of flowers at Flower Power at the Asian Art Museum.
For more information, visit the Asian Art Museum website.
Conservatory of Flowers Members! Receive a 20% discount on memberships at both organizations through July! Use membership promo code CONSERVATORY20.
Where did a gorgeous plant specimen like Terra the Titan arum originate from?
In 2014, the Horticulture Department received a plant donation offer from a San Francisco plant collector noting that "it has outgrown the space in my bathroom." When we took in the 6-year old Amorphophallus titanum at the time its leaves were standing at 7 feet tall. The collector acquired the plant from the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden gift shop which was propagated from their resident A. titanum, named Trudy and Titania.
How did Terra get her name?
first letter was selected as an homage to the parent plant, Trudy and
Titania. The latin word, Terra, translate to multiple English words:
"earth, ground, and soil." In Roman mythology, the goddess Terra or
"Mother Earth" is associated with agricultural abundance.
What's in Bloom?
Family Name: Araceae Native to: Ecuador
Did you know Anthuriums are in the same plant family as the Amorphophallus?
best characterized by the distinctive inflorescence which has two parts
- a bisexual or unisexual spadix that is surrounded by a solitary
spathe that resembles a leaf or large petal.
develop from the flowers on the spadix. They are berries varying in
color, usually containing two seeds. The spathe of Anthurium flavolineatum is
maroon with fine vertical pin stripes. In
Latin, flavolineatum means "marked with yellow lines". The
spadix has the interesting characteristic of exposing its pistils, which
gives the spadix the look of a hairy caterpillar. The new leaves emerge
a light brown color.
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.
Happy #Fogust! Join us for #FreeFirstTuesday next week sponsored by The Apothecarium and Kikoko. Our hours will be extended until 8pm with a food truck on hand starting at noon. Thank you for supporting our community and mission. ... See MoreSee Less