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Issue 70
August 2013

The Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community. 



Butterflies & Blooms Photo by Jim Derich
Young visitors Parker Kellman and West Derich identify butterflies in Special Exhibits

First, I'd like to extend a very warm welcome to the hundreds of new members who've joined the Conservatory over the summer! We're so glad to have you with us.

School starts next week, and our Jungle Guides can't wait to see young students fill our greenhouse! Teachers throughout San Francisco are invited to arrange free field trips to the Conservatory of Flowers for their classes. Our "Adaptation: Plant Survival!" tours highlight the fascinating ways plants adapt to changes in their environment over time, in order to get sunlight, food, water, and nutrients. Guided tours with Conservatory docents are available for 3rd-5th grade classes, and all other grades in the K-12 range are invited to take self-guided (teacher-led) tours. Accompanying print and online class materials are included. Click HERE to arrange your class field trip!


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


Eric Andersen, Director

PS, We're OPEN on Labor Day, so plan to come see us on Monday, September 2nd!  
September 2: Quiet Lightning's "The Greenhouse Effect"
Monday, September 2nd, 
7:30pm (doors at 7:00pm)
More info HERE.
Quiet Lightning August 5 2013
Quiet Lightning at the Conservatory 
On September 2nd, Quiet Lightning presents yet another evening of literary delights at the Conservatory. This ever-growing group puts on a show in San Francisco each month, and accepts submissions of all forms of writing.

Performers are chosen via a blind selection process, and by a rotating cast of selectors. The upshot is a literary "mixed tape" performed without introductions or banter, and published in a book that comes with the price of admission.
Don't miss this wonderful evening of readings and performances!
September 26: Succulent Teacup Workshop   
Thursday, September 26th, 
Purchase tickets HERE .
Teacups with succulents 
"One succulent or two?" 
The Conservatory is thrilled to welcome back Brandi Chalker of Sunshine and Succulents, for yet another workshop filled with fun and succulent planting.

Design your own mini succulent garden in a teacup or kettle, that will bring cheer to your kitchen windowsill or knick-knack shelf for months to come!

Bring in your own new or old teacup or small kettle for this workshop, and we will provide the soil, a variety of succulents, light refreshments and, of course, tea. Brandi will give us pointers on how to prep and care for our tiny gardens. Her workshops are always delightfully fun and informative. We hope to see you there!

Amy Stewart Returns on Thursday, October 3rd
Amy Stewart at the COF October 3rd

Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestsellers Wicked Plants and Wicked Bugs, returns to the Conservatory of Flowers to discuss her latest hit, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks. With her trademark wit, Stewart will explore the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, tree, fruits, and fungi that humans have contrived to transform into alcohol.


The intoxicating evening begins with an intimate and exclusive  20-person tour of the Conservatory, led by Amy and featuring complementary cocktails made by Lillet and Hendricks, and inspired by the botanical cocktail recipes in The Drunken Botanist.


A larger presentation and book signing will follow in our Orchid Pavillion from 7 to 9pm, also with complementary cocktails. Visit our event page for more info and tickets!

We saw a million faces...and we rocked them all!   

The CoF Rocks Outside Lands  

Hundreds of fun folks visited our booth at Outside Lands this past weekend, to learn about the Conservatory as they waited for Sir Paul and others to take the stage. Some of them even donned butterfly wings, red rubber noses and other accoutrements and entered our Instagram photo booth contest! Outside Lands Instagram Contest winners

Each day we picked a daily winner to receive a gift bag full of CoF swag. The weekend's Grand Prize winner, Chloe Bertles (at right), is the lucky recipient of a champagne tour and reception for herself and five friends at the Conservatory. Now that's V.I.P. treatment!

Annie at Outside Lands 2013
Our wedding & events planner Annie Abernethy "gnomes" where it's at!

Be a social butterfly: click HERE to join the Conservatory today!
butterflies by John Caddell
Photo by John Caddell

"Just Add Water" series with Sloat was a huge success! 


Over the past few weeks, 75 lucky participants made beautiful planters to take home with them, in our three "Just Add Water" container planting workshops, co-sponsored by Sloat Garden Center. Here are a few pics of the fun...


Sloat Just Add Water series at the CoF



COMING SOON: Keep an eye on our Special Events page for our NEXT collaborative gardening workshop with Sloat, a centerpiece-making workshop on Wednesday, November 20. Make something gorgeous for your holiday table! 



This event co-sponsored by:
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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