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Conservatory Chronicles
  Issue #56                                                                                                    
  June 2012
In This Issue
OPEN July 4th
Donate Now
July Events
Gallery Guides Needed
Brent Celebrates Five Years
New Guest Services & Gift Shop Manager
Michelle Obama In the Gift Shop
Plantosaurus Rex Reviews
Photos from Spirit of the Garden
DinoNite Extended Thursdays
Enews Archives
New on Instagram

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Morgan Davis

Annie Abernethy, Vanessa Farjardo  
Devin Begley, Julie Michelle, Tommy Lau, Vanessa Farjardo  
Ice-Cream-A-Saur Sketch:

Heather Robinson   

Visit Us
Tuesday - Sunday

10am - 4:30pm (last entry is at 4:00pm) 



For the run of Plantosaurus Rex, the Conservatory of Flowers will be open until 7:00 pm on Thursdays!  

Last entry is at 6:30 pm.  


We will be open on  

Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day!  


Please note that on Sundays and holidays, Golden Gate Park closes many of its roads to all vehicle traffic.

Information line:


$7.00 for Adults

$5.00 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 San Francisco City and County residents with proof of residency
The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.


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 John F. Kennedy Drive in front of the Conservatory. Strollers are not allowed in the Conservatory.


Donate Now!
 Your donation will help ensure the continued growth and success of this unique educational and historic living museum. 
Click here to make a donation through our secure online form.  
Plantosaurus Rex

COLE HARDWARE IS GIVING the Conservatory of Flowers 10% OF YOUR PURCHASES!

MOLLIE STONE'S is giving us 5% of your grocery bill! Download this PDF to register.

to us to support our programs, building and initiatives.

Dear ,
"Red, White and Bloom"  

 Ah, the 4th of July approaches! I am always reminded of the remarkable freedoms we enjoy in America, including how we want to enjoy our precious free time. Did you know that more Americans choose to spend their time gardening more than doing any other hobby? Our first lady is at the helm of making this movement a healthy and environmental choice for leisure time, which you'll read about further along in this issue. Here, we celebrate this special connection between people and plants every day. The botanical collection thriving beneath our 1879 glasshouse bursts forth with a spectacular array of floral beauty and blooming marvels... in fact, you could say the Conservatory is known for 365 days of Grand Openings! The Conservatory of Flowers will also be open on July 4th to welcome visitors, from those who consider Golden Gate Park their backyard to people from all corners of our magnificent global garden! As you celebrate this summer holiday heralding our independence, please stop by and be dazzled by the flower power of our Red, White, and Bloom!REDWHITEBLUE



 Brent's signature 


Events Calendar 

Visit for ongoing updates on programs and special events at the Conservatory.
This is coming up next on the summer calendar:   


IceCream-A-Saur July 11 & July 14 (offered twice!) 

Draw-a-saurus Rex introduces you to the reptiles that roamed the earth millions of years ago in Plantosaurus Rex, then we'll fire up your imagination to design your very own dinos! 10:30 AM - Noon | $15 for one adult and child: $8 each additional child (includes admission and drawing materials) | Appropriate for ages 5 + up  


July 25 | Bollywood Nights After Hours, a spicy evening exploring the culture and horticulture of India, Vintage Photo Booth in Playlandthrough film, dance and food. Featuring performances by NonStopBhangra, and delights from The Chai Cart, Curry Up Now and Almanac Brewing. Sponsored by the Wipro San Francisco Marathon.| $5 entry | 21+ only

August 6, September 3 & October 10 | Quiet Lightning returns for a summer reading
series Quiet Lightning listenersin the greenhouse. Submit your poems and short stories by July 18 for consideration in the August 6 and October 8 shows.    


For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.     

We Can't Do It Without You!
The Conservatory is in need of Gallery Guides. Gallery Guides play an important role in enriching the experience of K-12 grade students on field trips. Guides do not give tours. Instead, they give a brief introduction to the Conservatory, help students fill out activity sheets, and do basic experiments that highlight the amazing adaptations of tropical plants.
All Conservatory volunteers are asked to commit to two shifts per month for one year. Guides are required to attend a training session on August 22 from 2-5pm, as well as one adult tour and one children's tour before their first shift. Shifts are about 90 minutes long. Times vary, but they are usually 11:00-12:30 and always Tuesday-Friday. No experience with plants or as a docent is necessary, but volunteers should enjoy working with children of all ages.
To schedule a meeting and fill out a volunteer application, contact Erika Frank, Director of Volunteer Services, at or (415) 637-4326.
Five Years!
Five years celebrationCongratulations to Conservatory Director and Golden Gate Park Assistant Director of Operations Brent Dennis on his five years with San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. A group of Conservatory and RPD staff and supporters surprised him with cupcakes to celebrate this week. A much larger group honored him in Ohio last week, recognizing his leadership as the first Executive Director of the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, serving for the first 5 years following AmeriFlora. Thank you for all you do, Brent!     
Good luck, Michelle!  
After five years of service to the Conservatory, Michelle Manzer is moving on to a new position at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. Under Michelle's leadership, the Gift Shop grew from a quirky souvenir store to a superb collection of whimsical botanical gifts, trendy exhibit-related merch, and fun, educational nature-oriented toys and games for children. Her steady guidance for the volunteers also enabled Director Erika Frank to rest easy while on maternity leave. Vanessa Fajardo will assume the role of Guest Services and Gift Shop Manager that Michelle is vacating. She has lead the Guest Services team and been a behind-the-scenes rockstar aiding events and exhibits since October 2010. We wish you great luck, Michelle, on all of your new adventures. Stop by to see her!  
What's In Store?
Michelle ObamaIf you have ever wondered who cares for the White House garden, Michelle Obama's new book
American Grown details the community members who make this inspirational garden such a success!  From the garden in the heart of the nation's capital to community gardens all over the country, Michelle Obama wants to inspire ordinary citizens to participate in what she hopes to be a nationwide movement. Stop by the Gift Shop to pick up your copy!
 AMERICAN GROWN: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America ($29.95)
 Click here for more Gift Shop information...


We're Dinomyte, We're Dinomyte!
If you haven't visited yet, there's no way you've missed all the headlines... the press is delighted by Plantosaurus Rex!
* Watch KTVU step back in time, with Exhibit Director Lau Hodges

* The San Francisco Chronicle unearths dino nerds on our staff, and learns the necessary function of 'The ButtKicker 2'  
Click here to read much, much more...
Spirit of the Garden 
Spirit of the Garden performance Summer is off to a romantic start at the Conservatory with our inaugural concert, featuring Rose & the Nightingale's Spirit of the Garden song cycle. The talented girl group wowed the crowd, and the emotional, inspiring contributions of local poets Silvi Alcivar and Evan Karp set a high bar for performances to come! Special thanks to Jody Redhage, filmmaker Pete Lee and John Anaya of Humpback Recording.  
See photos of the evening...
 The days are Bruce Rogers and Orchid Whisperer fanslonger, and we know you want to be in the park after work! For the run of Plantosaurus Rex, we'll be open until 7 pm every Thursday evening.
ks to everyone who joined us for the Orchid Whisperer Book Launch on May 31! Get your own copy through our Amazon Associates program.

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We have a team ready to help you plan your wedding or private event at the Conservatory of Flowers. Visit the website, download images and pricing info, or email for information about how to get started.

With an exciting, constantly changing program of special exhibitions and seasonal delights,
the Conservatory of Flowers is a great place to bring the whole family more than once a year.
Amy Stewart in the Conservatory

Visit our website to learn about the various tiered benefits for membership levels, and to join!

 All membership levels include the following benefits:

* Year-round free admission   

 *10% discount in the Conservatory Gift Shop and selected merchants  

including Flora Grubb Gardens and The Urban Farmer Store

 * Invitation to exclusive members-only events and discounts for select special events

* Monthly 'Conservatory Chronicles' enews subscription annual print newsletter

* Knowledge that you are an important steward of the historic Conservatory of Flowers

* Reciprocal privileges at more than 250 horticultural organizations in North America through the AHS.


Photo of Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants lecture by Advisory Council Member Saxon Holt.

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