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Issue 65
March 2013

The Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community. 



Vertical Wall Garden workshop March 12
Our very own Jane Scurich models a fabulously haute couture vertical wall!

Spring is here, and I hope you'll "dig in" to the great gardening events we're offering this month! Ever dreamed of building a vertical wall garden? Learn how, when expert Chris Bribach of Plants on Walls hosts two FREE hands-on workshops in the Conservatory vestibule this month. Are sculpted hedges and tea roses more your thing? On March 13, gardener and author Barbara Paul Robinson will read from her intimate biography of beloved gardener Rosemary Verey, the acknowledged apostle of "English-style" gardening.

March is also Membership Month here at the Conservatory. We're offering $10 off the usual price of Individual and Family memberships all month long. Check out our new & improved Membership page, and start enjoying the many benefits of Conservatory membership today!

Thank you,


Jane Scurich, Director of Administration and Development   
March 12 and 26 vertical wall workshops
Vertical fern wall designed by Chris Bribach

Get Vertical! 

Two FREE Vertical Gardening Workshops  

Wednesday March 12 and Wednesday, March 26, 5-6pm 


Vertical wall designer/gardener Chris Bribach returns to the Conservatory vestibule, for two FREE workshops on vertical wall gardening this March. Bribach designed the gorgeous vertical garden of orchids and bromeliads currently on display in the Conservatory of Flowers' vestibule, and he can teach you how to pack your own felt wall pockets until they're bursting with floral goodness! To attend, please RSVP by sending an email to



Book Reading/Signing: "Rosemary Verey: the Life and Lessons of a Legendary Gardener"
Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Purchase Tickets HERE.
Photo courtesy of Mapuranga Photography
Join us on Wednesday, March 13, for a celebration and reading of Barbara Paul Robinson's new book about legendary gardener Rosemary Verey. This event is co-sponsored by The Garden Conservancy.

Garden adviser to the rich and famous, including Prince Charles and Elton John, Verey was also a beloved teacher and lecturer in America, and encouraged her American fans to believe that they were fully capable of creating beautiful English gardens.

Author Barbara Paul Robinson, who briefly worked as a gardener under Verey, will speak about Verey's extraordinary life, her contributions to the field of landscape design, and life "behind the scenes" at Verey's home, Barnsley House. Her book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

The evening will begin with an open stroll through the Conservatory from 6:00-6:30, followed by Robinson's talk and signing from 6:30-8:00pm.


Party Guests at the Conservatory of Flowers
March is Membership Month! 
$10 off throughout the month of March
Purchase your membership HERE.
This March, get $10 off the cost of an Individual or Family membership. Join for the first time, renew an existing membership, or give Conservatory of Flowers membership as a gift to your loved ones. Our exciting special exhibits, after-hours events and seasonal family activities make the COF a great place to visit, throughout the year!
Coming this May...
Butterflies and Blooms!
Thursday, May 8th through Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Nina S. butterfly pic
Get eye to eye with a butterfly this Spring, when the Conservatory of Flowers unleashes its new exhibit, Butterflies and Blooms. 

Watch hundreds of winged beauties flutter about at work and play in our tropical paradise, and learn about the vital symbiotic roles of plants and butterflies in pollination. 

Visitors receive a free butterfly identification booklet, with tips on growing your own butterfly garden, and fascinating insights into these wondrous creatures. This exhibit is not to be missed! 

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

Wednesday, March 20 - Sunday, March 24
Purchase tickets HERE.
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show


We here at the Conservatory never miss the annual SF Flower & Garden Show, and this year's theme, "Gardens Make the World Go Round," is especially fun. View 20 display gardens - each with a different international theme - and 30 small space gardens. Shop for gifts and plants, and attend any of the dozens of workshops and seminars taking place throughout the weekend. We'll see you there!
What's in Bloom? Aechmea weilbachii
Aechmea weilbachii flower

Aechmea weilbachii is a species of Bromeliad that is endemic to Brazil. In winter and early spring it bears a slender inflorescence with purple flowers surrounded by red bracts. When pollinated, the flowers are followed by red fruit.


Many Bromeliads are epiphytes, which are plants that grow on other plants. This cluster of dozens of A. weilbachii is an excellent illustration of how epiphytes grow and reproduce. Once a mature Bromeliad reaches the point where it has a healthy flower and a strong core, it will produce pups from the base of the plant. The original plant, also known as the mother, will stop producing leaves and will begin producing its pups. The pups can be removed and repotted or left on the cluster.


Check out our What's in Bloom page to see what else is blooming!

PayPal is our pal! New payment option on the website
Want to become a member, make a donation, or pick up something fun in the gift shop? The Conservatory of Flowers now accepts PayPal, in addition to credit card purchases! The COF relies on memberships and donations from you to fund our educational programs, keep our doors open six days a week, and maintain the plants and systems that keep our beautiful greenhouses thriving. Check out our revamped membership page and join the Conservatory, or give the gift of membership to a loved one today. Thank you!

Visit Us!

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

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