In 2003, the Conservatory of Flowers reopened following a $25 million renovation campaign. We are forever grateful to the individual donors, foundations and corporations who rescued this iconic landmark after the devastating storm of 1995.

Today, we need your financial support to keep our 139-year old wood and glass Conservatory and its world-class botanical collections vibrant, well maintained and welcoming to our current visitors and for generations to come.

Your donations fuel exciting projects!

  • Lighting the Conservatory at night with a gorgeous artistic illumination that will activate the Valley in a transcendent way
  • Hosting dozens of Bay Area elementary and middle school students at no cost to explore this living museum of tropical plants and develop insights into the fragile and precious ecosystems of the tropics
  • Re-visioning the Highlands Gallery into a more immersive Cloud Forest experience
  • Planning for the long-term future of the Conservatory

Ways to donate:


– Online 
Click Donate Today here or above.

– By phone Call our Chief Development Officer, Samantha Smart Merritt, at 415-595-6950; also ssmartmerritt(at)

– Mail Send your check to

Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA  94118

Tax Deductible Donation:
The Conservatory of Flowers is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The Federal Tax ID number is 23-7131784. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Ways to give:

– One-time donation The Conservatory relies on the donations of individual donors to support its mission: connecting people and plants in a place of exceptional beauty.

– Recurring, monthly donation Set up a recurring, monthly donation by clicking the “Donate Now” button above.

– “In honor of” Give in honor of a loved one. A special card will be mailed to notify them of your gift (the amount given will not be specified).

– “In memory of” Memorialize your loved one with a gift to the most beautiful spot in the city. If you wish, a special card will be mailed to whomever you request, acknowledging your gift (the amount given will not be specified).

– Matching Funds Many companies match charitable gifts made by employees. Please check with your employer for more information.

– Bequest and Planned Giving Include a gift to the Conservatory in your planned giving. For more information, contact Chief Development Officer, Samantha Smart Merritt at ssmartmerritt(at), or 415-595-6950.


Connect People to Plants as a Conservatory Ambassador

The Conservatory could not function without a wonderful cadre of passionate, knowledgeable and generous volunteers!

The Conservatory requests that volunteers commit to two shifts per month for one year. Most shifts are 2-3 hours long. In return, the Conservatory offers free lectures, social events, and a discount in the gift shop. All new volunteers meet with the Director of Volunteers & Education, go on a docent-led tour, and attend an hour-long training session.

Available Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Butterfly & Blooms Exhibit Docents educate visitors about the plants and butterflies in the Special Exhibit Gallery. The Conservatory offers training on butterfly pollination, migration and metamorphosis, so you can help visitors leave the exhibit with an even deeper sense of wonder over these fascinating creatures! Shifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00 Tuesday-Sunday.
  • Greeters welcome visitors, take tickets and answer general questions. This is the perfect opportunity if you enjoy chatting with people from all over the world and want to spend time in a beautiful living museum without needing to learn about the plants. Shifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Horticulture Volunteers come in on Mondays to help with pest management, clean the galleries and install exhibits. Please note that horticulture volunteers seldom work with the plant collections and are asked to help with “heavy lifting.” The Conservatory is not able to take on summer horticulture volunteers or summer horticulture interns.
  • Conservatory Clean-Up volunteers are needed from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on the first Saturday of every month to help weed the grounds, scrub pots and do other important tasks. Volunteers must schedule their clean-up shift in advance through Hands On Bay Area.
  • Youth Volunteers High school volunteers who are at least 16 years old are invited to be Docents in the Butterfly Exhibit. Shifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00 Tuesday-Sunday and a commitment of 20 total shifts is required.
  • Docents and Jungle Guides educate visitors about the Conservatory’s fascinating collection of tropical plants. The next training session will occur in January and February of 2018.

To learn more and schedule a meeting at the Conservatory, contact Eric Hupperts, Interim Volunteer Manager, at ehupperts(at) or (415) 637-4326.


Enjoy the many benefits of our membership program, and support the Conservatory.

Join today!

Please click on your desired level of membership: 

Individual Membership – $50
One membership card. One year unlimited admission for one person, plus the benefits listed below.

Family Membership – $75 
Two membership cards. One year unlimited admission for four people, plus the benefits listed below.

Begonia Guild – $250
Enjoy all the benefits of a Family Membership, plus four additional guest passes and a copy of our photo book, Treasures of the Conservatory or “A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture” by Mary E. Gerritsen.

Cycad Guild – $500
Revel in Begonia Guild benefits, plus six additional guest passes, and acknowledgement in our annual print newsletter.

Orchid Guild – $1,000
Fancy all the benefits of the Cycad Guild, plus an invitation to a private, after-hours wine-and-cheese tour of the Conservatory.

James Lick Founders Circle – $5,000+
Customized membership program.

Please contact: Samantha Smart Merritt, Chief Development Officer, ssmartmerritt(at) or 415-595-6950 to schedule private tours and special benefits.

Benefits of Conservatory of Flowers membership:

A current membership card from the Conservatory of Flowers entitles you to year-round free admission to the Conservatory, as well as special admission privileges and discounts at 300 gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands! Present your membership card to for free admission from coast to coast – from the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, WA to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden – enjoy nature’s bounty. Closer to home, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, and the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek offer Conservatory of Flowers’ members complimentary admission – so get out and explore!

  • Special privileges at more than 300 gardens and arboreta in North America, via the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program
  • 10% discount in the Conservatory Gift Shop and at San Francisco businesses Flora Grubb Gardens and The Urban Farmer Store
  • Discounts for select after-hours events
  • Monthly ‘Conservatory Chronicles’ e-news subscription
  • Invitation to our annual Members-Only Party
  • Membership levels Begonia Guild and above include a copy of “Treasures of the Conservatory” by Nina Sazevich or “A Bay Area Guide to Orchids and their Culture” by Mary E. Gerritsen
  • Knowledge that you are an important steward of the historic Conservatory of Flowers

To join offline, please email membership(at), call 415-595-6950 or ask a Guest Services Staff for assistance during your next visit.

Special offer for members:

Subscribe to Garden Design magazine and you’ll receive your first issue free, PLUS Garden Design will donate $12 to the Conservatory of Flowers!  Use this special link to order:

Prefer to talk to a real person? Call 855-624-5110 Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PST (make sure to mention this offer!)

About Garden Design: 
There are no ads in Garden Design. Yes, you read that right—no ads.  Just 148 pages of beautiful gardens and plants delivered to you each season. These are more like books. Many of the stories unfold over 8 to 20 pages. So you get the behind-the-scenes look at topics you care about most—designing with plants, landscape design, container gardens, kitchen gardens, houseplants, and more.


Make a lasting tribute to someone you love.

Perhaps your mother loved the Conservatory of Flowers. Maybe your husband proposed to you here, or your grandmother brought you to the greenhouse when you were little. A gift to the nation’s oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in honor or memory of that special loved one will act as a “living gift” that insures their memory will live in on the most beautiful spot in San Francisco.

The Conservatory of Flowers has stood proudly as a Victorian landmark in Golden Gate Park for more than 138 years. Your gift in honor or in memory of a loved one will ensure that our beloved Conservatory remains for another 138 years, thriving and open for future generations to enjoy.

Help keep our world-class botanical collections and vital school education programs alive and well for decades to come. Your bequest is tax exempt, easy to establish, and will not affect your current finances. For more information, or to let us know that you have created a bequest, please contact the Conservatory’s Chief Development Officer, Samantha Smart Merritt, at 415-595-6950, or ssmartmerritt(at)

Ways to Give
Your attorney can assist you with creating a bequest to the Conservatory. Bequests may be set up as cash gifts in specific amounts, percentages of one’s overall estate value, gifts of personal property (such as stocks, bonds, artwork, vehicles, real estate, etc.) or residual gifts, i.e. the balance of your estate after all other demands on your estate have been paid out.

Sample Language*

Cash gift: I hereby give $________ to the Conservatory of Flowers, which is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, tax ID# 23-7131784.

Percentage gift: I hereby give ___% of my estate to the Conservatory of Flowers, which is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, tax ID# 23-7131784.

Property gift: I hereby bequeath __ (description of vehicle, stock holdings, real estate holdings, etc.)__ to the Conservatory of Flowers, which is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, tax ID# 23-7131784.

Residual gift: All of the rest and remainder of my estate I hereby bequeath to the Conservatory of Flowers, which is fiscally sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Alliance, tax ID# 23-7131784.

*The above are examples only, and may not be appropriate in all cases. Please consult with your attorney to ensure legally binding language when writing your bequest.


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!

Golden Gate Park | 100 John F. Kennedy Drive | San Francisco, CA 94118| 415-831-2090