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Issue 60
October 2012

Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community.



With the summer's wind and fog behind us, fall brings the finest weather to enjoy Golden Gate Park and a visit to the Conservatory of Flowers. Fall also ushers in change, as we bid farewell to the popular Plantosaurus exhibit, welcome new winter flowering annuals in Conservatory Valley and begin preparations for our next sensational exhibit - Boomtown: Barbary Coast at the Conservatory of Flowers. Read on to learn more about our fall events and programs.

Eric Andersen, Acting Director

Plantosaurus Rex Closes Sunday!
Photo by Tommy Lau
We're sending the dinosaurs back to extinction on October 21: Sunday is the last day to visit! Plan your visit back in time. For those that have already visited: did you notice the soundscape? How many different background noises could you identify?
Send 'em out in style: On Thursday, October 18, party like it's 99 million years ago! Magnolia Photobooth will be here to capture your caveman couture, Brewtruc, the Bay Area's first taproom on wheels, will be serving local brews from Social Kitchen - and Hot Bike will be toasting up fancy grilled cheese and sweet desserts! Create your own dino habitat with our succulent terrarium building, guided by Brandi from Urban Bazaar and the Succulent Bar (Limited supplies.) 21+ only! 6-10 PM $5 entry | $5 Beverages Tix available online. 
New Volunteer Opportunities!
Hibiscus in Aquatics Gallery
Orange hibiscus cheer on the Giants in Aquatics & Potted Plants!
The Conservatory is recruiting volunteer Greeters to welcome visitors, take tickets, and provide directions. Greeting is a wonderful way to experience volunteering at the Conservatory without needing to know about the plant collection. Greeter shifts are available mornings and afternoons on weekdays and weekends. A one hour training session and meeting with the Director of Volunteers is required. The Conservatory asks all volunteers to commit to two shifts per month for at least one year. In return, we provide free social and educational programs, discounts in the gift shop, and unlimited free entry. Contact Erika Frank at (415) 637-4326 or
Getting Ready For Gala!
green and gold With the November 15th Gala less than a month away, we're busy putting the finishing touches on this magical evening! The entertainers are practicing their can-cans, while our catering sponsors La Bonne Cuisine, BiRite Catering, Fork & Spoon Productions andmorgan at the computer Global Gourmet are prepping a menu a 49er could have only dreamed about! BetsyBetsy perfecting bows. has been hard at work collecting items for our VIP gift bags.. now she's perfecting gold bow that 'ties it all together,' while Morgan learns to navigate the tricky world of digital formatting to get the online invite sized properly and delivered into your inbox. We're picking peacock pinsout the finest in Gold Rush and Saloon Stylings to present you with a wide array of costume options, and a dedicated team of volunteers procured silent auction items that you'll love from many of our beloved cultural institutions to adventures in the Bay Area and beyond. You must be present to bid, so... Get your tickets, plan your costume, see the auction items, and learn more about our Youth Education cause now!
Events Calendar
Thursday the 18th: Going Extinct! sends
Stanhopea Aquatics
Is it your saber-tooth tiger costume for Going Extinct? No! It's the abundant Stanhopea blooming in Aquatics this month!
the Dinos back into pre-history.
Sunday, October 28: We're partnering with the Bold Italic, Photobooth & Almanac Beer to bring you: Urban Safari Photo Hunt #4. Don't miss this unique event in the fleurs.
Wednesday, November 7: Craft your own succulent terrarium. This workshop sold out in September, so we're bringing it back in hopes that you'll make it!
Thursday, November 15: You're invited to the Barbary Coast exhibit launching shindig we call GALA!
Wednesday, December 5: Save the date for a special evening program on fragrance, in the darkness of the garden..
Saturday, December 15: Bring a sweet tooth for the third annual Frosting the Conservatory!
Don't miss our Plantosaurus sale!
Our prehistoric merchandise is now on sale! From toys to t-shirts, all dino-themed  merchandise are now a reduced price AND buy one get one 50% off! The gift shop closes with the exhibit on October 21, but you will still be able to shop at the mini-shop located in Gold Mine Kitsour ticket booth. Our mini-shop carries a portion of the quality products you see for sale at the Conservatory Gift Shop. Help us clear our shelves as we prepare for our next great train adventure, Boomtown: Barbary Coast at the Conservatory. As we sell the last of our squishy dinos ($4.00) and dino tees ($15.00) we make room for forty niner mustaches ($3.00) and gold mining kits ($10.00)! Boomtown opens on November 16th so man the sails, purchase your mandatory mustache and hold on tight as we take you on a boat ride back in time to San Francisco's original coastline; the Barbary Coast!
Thank you for supporting!
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!
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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