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Issue 67
May 2013

The Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community. 



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Butterflies & Blooms is a hit! We've had a great response in our first week of this fascinating new exhibit, both from visitors and from the media. We particularly like this local KPIX news story on B&B, featuring our Exhibits Director and knower of all things lepidopteral, Lau Hodges. 


I hope you'll join us for some special events in the coming weeks. On Wednesday, June 12, the WIPRO SF Marathon co-sponsors Escape to Paradise for the 21+ crowd here at the Conservatory. Have a beer or a glass of wine, enjoy music and dancing, and discuss pre-'thon rituals with soon-to-be marathoners.


Sloat Garden Center's Jennie Strobel will lead an edible planting workshop in our Orchid Pavillion on Wednesday, June 26, to kick off our "Just Add Water" planting workshop series with Sloat. All participants will leave with a container full of beautiful edible plants.

And from July 10-13, Epiphany Dance Productions will present Botany's Breath, an interactive modern dance, music and video performance that will use the rooms of the Conservatory both as muse and stage. 


We hope to see you soon here among the butterflies, in our greenhouses, and at these special events! Thanks for your continued support of the Conservatory of Flowers. 


Eric Andersen, Acting Director   
"Escape to Paradise": SF Marathon Pre-Party!
Wednesday, June 12, 6-10pm
$10 General Admission, $5 COF Members
Buy tickets HERE.
Escape to Paradise, June 12 at the COF

Whether you're a runner or just a fan, get pumped up for this year's marathon with a jammin' kickoff party presented by WIPRO SF Marathon


Compare running times and calf muscles as you sip craft beers from local brewers and vino from Barefoot Wine. Sample the exotic confections of SF-based Feve Artisan Chocolatier, and enjoy music and dancing in our Orchid Pavillion. Our tropical greenhouses will also be open for steamy romantic strolls throughout the evening...  


Enjoy a summer's evening in paradise!
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Planters by Jennie Strobel
NEW "Just Add Water" Container Planting Workshop Series!
Edible plants workshop
Wednesday, June 26, 6-8pm
$20 General, $15 COF Members 
Buy tickets HERE.
Create your own "make-and-take" container full of edible plants at this hands-on planting workshop led by garden designer Jennie Strobel of Sloat Garden Centers

Sloat will provide the containers, plants and soil, and Jennie will be here to guide us, answer our questions and discuss edible plant care as we create our mini gardens. We can't wait to see all the beautiful containers that will come out of this workshop!

This is the first in our "Just Add Water" series of workshops, a new collaboration between the COF and Sloat Garden Centers. Each workshop in the series will have a slightly different theme, but participants will always leave with a planted container of some kind. We hope you'll join us for this fun and informative evening!
Mr. Tuttles says: "What? You're STILL not a member of the Conservatory of Flowers?!?"   Click HERE to join today!

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"Join us!"

Wednesday, July 10 - Saturday, July 13
TWO showtimes per evening: 7:30-8:30pm and 9:00-10:00pm
Buy tickets HERE.
Botanys Breath  
Coming this July, the Conservatory and Kim Epifano's Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater present Botany's Breath, a site-specific contemporary dance work with live music and video.
Using the Conservatory's unique tropical galleries as their inspiration, stage, and even as projection screens, the performers will lead the audience on a walking journey through the rooms of the Conservatory, and out into our surrounding grounds, in an exploration of the spiritual, symbiotic relationship between plants and humans.
Experience the Conservatory in a new and transforming way. Don't miss this ambitious and exhilarating performance! 
Butterflies and Blooms at the COF

Praise for Butterflies & Blooms! 

Now through Sunday, October 20

Our fabulous new Butterflies & Blooms exhibit has been garnering high praise all over town.


In addition to the great KPIX news story Eric mentioned above, we also got some fun TV news coverage on KTVU. B&B got a great written review in Bay Nature, and was named a "Top Thing to do in May" on the SF Travel website. Gee, thanks everybody. We're blushing! 

Butterflies & Blooms is a unique opportunity to view a wide variety of brightly colored daisies, sunflowers, zinnias, and more, while free-flying butterflies flit from flower to flower, drinking nectar and getting covered in pollen. Come see for yourself this month!


What's in Bloom?  Costus curvibracteatus
Costus curvibracteatus (Ginger)

This Central American native may be found in our Lowlands Gallery, to the left of the fish pond as you enter from the vestibule.  


Commonly known as spiral ginger, the Costus produces bright red-orange flowers and has wide leaves that attach to its stem in a spiral fashion. The arrangement of the leaves makes it a good ground cover, and under the right conditions it will bloom year round.  


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

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