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Issue 59
September 2012

Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community.
Welcome from our New Acting Director!


I would like to start by thanking Brent Dennis for his many contributions to the Conservatory of Flowers! He will certainly be missed. And further, to wish him the best on his new adventure. He will bring the same great energy and expertise to his new position.

It is exciting for me to have the opportunity to support the work at the Conservatory of Flowers. For the past four years, I have been working in the neighborhood parks of San Francisco in Noe Valley, the Castro, Bernal Heights and the Mission. My new position is a homecoming for me in a couple of ways. First, because I began my San Francisco Recreation and Parks career in Golden Gate Park and secondly because a significant portion of my early horticultural career was spent 'under glass'. One of my first positions in the field was caring for a conservatory collection at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Ironically, one of the areas under my care was the Mediterranean collection, where we grew many plants common to the Bay Area landscape in a conservatory setting. It was actually quite a challenge to grow such plants as Eucalyptus ficifolia and Ceanothus in a greenhouse.

Acting Director Eric Andersen in Highland Tropics I have spent the past weeks getting to know the staff and am looking forward to working with them. Their knowledge and abilities give me confidence we will continue to provide the same high level of horticulture and educational programing that are the hallmark of the Conservatory of Flowers. In addition to the staff, there are many other contributors who support our operation with their time, energy and knowledge. I am also looking forward to getting to know all of these community partners who play such an important role at the Conservatory. Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and support!

Eric Andersen, Acting Director

Last Weeks of Plantosaurus Rex!
Plantosaurus Rex We're sending the dinosaurs back to extinction on October 21! Plan your visit back in time. For those that haven't visited yet:
- Expect prehistoric dragonflies (Maganeura monyi): believed to be the largest insect that ever zipped over the planet; their wingspan was 2.5 feet!
- See plants that dinosaurs ate! Scientists believe members of the Araucaria family were a favorite snack of the dinos.
- Respect your elders! Leave with a new appreciation for your local plants: ginko, magnolias, bamboo- even grass- are closely related to the first angiosperms (flowering plants) that appeared in the Cretaceous period.
-Send 'em out in style: On October 18, party like it's 99 million years ago! We'll toast their extinction and build mini-terrariums to give little dinos a home with us forever.
2012 Green & Gold Gala: A NIGHT OUT IN BOOMTOWN
Green and Gold Orchid Lady 2012Each winter, the special exhibit explores our role in San Francisco history, transporting visitors back in time. (Think: last year's Playland at the Beach.) This year, we're docking our time machine on the Barbary Coast, exploring San Francisco's Gold Rush days in BOOMTOWN. We invite you to preview the exhibit with a dazzling fundraiser that supports our Youth Education Program on November 15. Travel through the decades in San Francisco's Barbary Coast history: from the discovery of Gold, the beginnings of China Town and into the 20th century to the triumphant 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition after the Great Quake. Find yourself in the days of wagon wheels and moonshine, where you'll encounter Burlesque ladies, wily medicine men and be lured onto the dance floor by returning favorites, Swing Fever. Get your tickets, plan your costume, and learn more about our Jungle Tours now!
Events Calendar
 Have you participated in one of our fall workshops? Up next:
fossil lecture dinos among usSucculent WorkshoppersAquatics at NightSmelly Orchid   Dino Costume Party this Thursday from 6-10, including a lecture on dino fossils from Berkeley's Sarah Werning and a visit from Brewtruc, Sketch-a-Saurus, an all-day Macro Photography Workshop, Quiet Lightning brings LITQUAKE to the Conservatory, and the demanded return of the succulent terrarium workshop. Check out all of our fall events, and register in advance.
What's In Store?
three colors of my favorite dino tees Make your prehistoric fashion statement with our new "My Favorite Dino" Tees! Whether your style is fierce or cuddly, we are sure to have a dinosaur style and color that suits you. For only $17 these tees are a prehistoric steal! These stylish tees are made by the San Francisco based company My Favorite Dinosaur. The Conservatory gift shop prides itself on stocking up on great local merchandise. Join the community camaraderie and support your favorite local nonprofit: Us! Click here for more Gift Shop items...
Award Season!
Photo by Tommy Lau
Are you a parent of a toddler? If so, you probably know Red Tricycle, a super fun popular blog, who happens to be one of our media sponsors for Plantosaurus! They're launching the 2nd Annual Totally Awesome Awards: these lets parents vote on the best resources in our community - and we want to be a winner! Nominations are open and continue through September 30th. The businesses with the most nominations in each category will become finalists, and starting in mid-October, users will begin to vote for the winner in each category. Can you nominate us for most awesome locals? Thank you!
Thank you for supporting!
orchids in Highlands in August The Conservatory of Flowers relies on memberships and donations from you to fund our workshops and find relevant instructors, to keep our doors open six days a week to visitors from local schools, to folks on first dates, to those who are experiencing San Francisco's enchanting offerings from around the globe. Thank you for your support, and please visit our website to find out the many ways you can contribute!
Pictured orchid: Diplocaulobium chrysotropsis, a highland Papua New Guinea species blooming in our Highlands Gallery in early August.
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Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm (last entry is at 4:00pm)
DINONITE EXTENDED THURSDAY HOURS! For the run of Plantosaurus Rex, the COF 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.

Admission: $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 SF City and County residents with proof of residency. 
The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month.
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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. 
Strollers are not allowed in the Conservatory.

Information line: 415-831-2090