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Conservatory Chronicles
  Issue #57                                                                                                    
  July 2012
In This Issue
Lotus Blooms
Tickets on Sale for Summer Events
Gallery Guides Needed
In the Giftshop
DinoNite Extended Thursdays
Plantosaurus Rex Reviews
Plan Your Wedding or Event
Become a Member
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Conservatory Chronicles


Morgan Davis

Annie Abernethy, Vanessa Farjardo  
Devin Begley, Julie Michelle

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. 

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.


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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.

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"Of Foghorns & Staghorns"

Don't you love summers in San Francisco?  The fog most mornings during the months of June, July and August brings a chilly dampness down upon the planted beds of Conservatory Valley. As I make my way to the picturesque Conservatory of Flowers, I encounter droves of out-of-towners shivering through Golden Gate Park. Yet, these same visitors smile as they cross the threshold of the Conservatory's 1879 Victorian vestibule and enter a balmy, jungle-like wonderland of tropical plants.
A new addition to our entry experience is a living wall, complete with scores of different varieties of botanicals illustrating the increasingly popular aspects of vertical gardening - a stunning backdrop to our grinning greeters! Thanks to the generous donations from Chris Bribach of Plants on Walls and Davis Dalbok, of Living Green, this west-facing wonder-wall is both educational and horticultural in nature! During these soupy days of summer, the regular cadence of foghorns from the Bay in the distance serenades our guests, as they study our staghorn ferns in the living wall.
Have a wonderful summer...and thanks for your continued interest and support of the Conservatory of Flowers!


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What's in Bloom?
Lotus Bud and Bloom Collage
The lotus burst open on Tuesday morning. Its weight was too great for its stem and it plunged forward. Timing couldn't have been better, as the lotus, along with many of the spices and the Betel Nut plant in the Lowlands Gallery are featured plants in the Bollywood Night After Hours tonight. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) play a significant role in many Eastern religions. Deities are often pictured sitting on the lotus, and mythology presents the lotus as a symbol of beauty, purity, promise and femininity. More local lore holds that the Conservatory's lotus will only bloom on Aquatics Horticulturalist Mario's day off. This bloom maintained that tradition, waiting until Tuesday to open.
Events Calendar 

Visit for ongoing updates on programs and special events at the Conservatory. 


TONIGHT! July 25 | Bollywood Nights After Hours, a spicy evening exploring the culture and horticulture of India, Image of Conservatory After Hours by Julie Michelle through 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.| 6-10 pm | $5 entry | 21+ only

August 6, September 3 & October 8 | Quiet Lightning returns for a summer reading series Quiet Lightning listenersin the greenhouse. Sponsored by Lagunitas Brewing.

August 9 | The Art of Chai Workshop with Paawan Kothari of The Chai Cart Gain a deeper understanding of chai - its history and cultural roots, methods of preparation, and how to choose its main components: tea, spices, milk. 6-7:30pm | $35 Public / $25 Members

August 10-12 | Outside Lands Music Festival | Come say hello at our booth in Ecolands, put some flowers in your hair, and win excellent prizes!

September 12 | Photobotanic Workshop on Macro Photography | 8am-6pm | $150 public / $130 Members

September 18 | Stump the Orchid Whisperer! | Bring your tortured orchids and let the Orchid Whisperer diagnose what ails them. Hands on workshop for the black thumbed orchid lover!| 6-8pm | $5 Public/Free to Members

September 27 | Dinos Among Us After Hours | Free Entry if you dress as a dino! Music, entertainment, snacks and social activities at the Conservatory. 6-10pm | $5 entry | $5 Beverages (21+ after 6:30pm) 

October 18 |Going Extinct! Say goodbye to Plantosaurus Rex, as the dinosaurs disappear all over again. Music, entertainment, snacks and social activities after hours at the Conservatory. 6-10pm | $5 entry | $5 Beverages (21+ after 6:30pm)    

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.
What's In Store?
Fossilized accessories for a modern look! Join the prehistoric fun with these locally made, fossil accessories! Hand crafted from hundreds of million year old fossils, Red Hair and Glasses combines a love Red Hair and Glasses Barettes
of science with a love of cute hair accessories. These fossil hair pins cover earth's ancient eras, like Plantosaurus Rex!  Choose from sea creatures like Brachiopods, from Earth's Cretaceous period (144-65 million years ago), to Dinosaur Coprolite, from the Jurassic period (206-144 million years ago). You may ask, what is dino coprolite? Dino coprolite is the fossilized excretion of ancient animals turned to stone. So, yes...poop. Poop turned to beautiful stone with peach and green
highlights throughout, placed on a delicate pin to showcase your modern style. Come see these flashy new accessories! For only $7.50 each, they will soon be extinct!
Click here for more Gift Shop information...
The days are longer, and 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. Upcoming free programs beginning at 4:30 pm include:
September 6 | #Plantosaurus Social | Flower instagrammers unite! Come #instawalkcof with us!
October  4| Sketch-a-Saurus Social DinoNite (Drawing in the Flowers - we'll have sketch pads and pencils, crayons and markers).   
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!
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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.

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.


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