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Issue 69
July 2013

The Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community. 



Jane chats with participants at our June 26 "Just Add Water" workshop

The past month has been a blur of special events and wonderful times at the Conservatory. Our sold out, eight-show run of Botany's Breath was a magical experience of dance and music that brought our botanical collections to life. And our June 26 and July 13 "Just Add Water" container planting workshops with Sloat Garden Centers produced dozens of beautiful planters for participants to take home. 

Don't miss out on the fun that's yet to come! REGISTER TODAY for these upcoming events:


- Wednesday, July 31, 6:00-8:00pm  DIY Planters from Keepsakes or Salvaged Items - Give new life to that old typewriter, cowboy boot, or antique tea tin! Bring in one item you'd like to use as a planter; we'll provide the soil and plants.

- Monday, August 5th, 7:30pm (doors at 7:00) 
Quiet Lightning and the Conservatory of Flowers present: The Greenhouse Effect The Quiet Lightning literary collective returns for an evening of summer readings at the Conservatory. Suggested donation of $10.


As always, we greatly appreciate and thank you for your support of the Conservatory of Flowers. Hope to see you soon! 


Jane Scurich, Director of Development and Administration  
#3 in our 3-part "Just Add Water" Container Planting Workshop Series
Make your own planter from a found object or keepsake
Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 to 8:00pm
$25 General, $20 COF Members  
Buy tickets HERE.
Planter by Jennie Strobel
Chair planter by Jennie Strobel


Don't throw away that old roller skate, or that rusty but charming watering can with the tiny hole in the bottom...plant something in it! Learn how at this "DIY" planter workshop led by Jennie Strobel of Sloat Garden Centers.   


Participants bring in one object they wish to use as a planter. Sloat will provide the containers, plants (mostly succulents) and soil and Jennie will be here to guide us and give us tips on how to make things grow in unusual places... We can't wait to see all the beautiful planters that will come out of this fun event!


Event co-sponsored by:
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Quiet Lightning returns, with "The Greenhouse Effect"
Monday, August 5th, 
7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)
More info HERE.
Quiet Lightning photo by Julie Michelle
Quiet Lightning at the COF (Photo: Julie Michelle)
On August 5th, Quiet Lightning returns for their third annual miniseries of summer readings at the Conservatory, called The Greenhouse Effect. The ever-growing group puts on a literary show each month, accepting submissions of all forms of writing and assembling.

Performers are chosen via a blind selection process and rotating curators, and the upshot is a literary "mixed tape" that is performed without introductions or banter, and published in a book that comes with the price of admission. 

Click HERE to join the Conservatory today. Membership is beautiful!
Butterflies and Blooms Zebra Long Tail

What's in Bloom?  Pavonia divaricata
Pavonia divaricata
Pavonia divaricata in the Conservatory


Location in the Conservatory: In the Lowlands Gallery, on the right side of the pond when entering from the vestibule.


This native to Brazil in the genus Pavonia (named after Spanish botanist Jose Anotonio Pavon Jimenez) belongs to the mallow family Malvacaeae. The Pavonia divaricata's gorgeous red flowers bloom right out of the branches.


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

Framed exhibit at Bay Area Discovery Museum

Get "Framed" at the Bay Area Discovery Museum!

Children can step into famous paintings and experience art like never before at the Bay Area Discovery Museum's latest exhibit, Framed: Step into Art.  


Show this newsletter (printed or on your mobile phone) to the Museum's front desk to receive $2 off admission for up to 4 people.

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