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Issue 73
November 2013

The Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community. 



Brandi Chalker terrarium workshop
Guests at last week's terrarium ornament workshop

The holiday season is upon us, and what better place to bring your visiting friends and family than the Conservatory! The butterflies are all a-flutter in Special Exhibits, and we've got thousands of exotic orchids, begonias and other tropical beauties bursting with blooms 'neath our frosty dome. A visit to the Conservatory is a wonderful way to "wow" your out-of-town guests!


Last week's mini terrarium ornament workshop was a big hit! You can get in on the fun TOMORROW, Wednesday November 20, when we host a holiday centerpiece-making workshop with Jennie Strobel from Sloat Garden Center. Participants will create an 18-inch long centerpiece using succulents, tillandsias, and other plants and greenery provided by Sloat. Your holiday table will be gorgeous through the new year and beyond! 


During this season of giving, please consider making a donation to the Conservatory in honor of a loved one. Please see below for details about this very special holiday gift. As always, we thank you for your support of the Conservatory of Flowers.


Eric Andersen, Director

Join us TOMORROW to create a gorgeous holiday centerpiece that will last for months!
Wednesday, November 20, 2-4pm
Purchase tickets HERE.  ($50 General Admission, $40 COF Members)


Spend a fun and crafty afternoon at the Conservatory making a dramatic centerpiece for your holiday (or everyday!) table, at our Holiday Centerpiece-Making Workshop led by Jennie Strobel of Sloat Garden Center.  

These unique, non-traditional centerpieces featuring succulents and tillandsias will last for months with proper care. 
Sloat will provide the base, soil, plants and supplies needed to create your masterpiece, and Jennie will be on hand to help us construct our pieces, and to provide tips on watering and caring for our living arrangements. Just bring your holiday spirit! 


Event co-sponsored by:
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Include the Conservatory in your Holiday Giving.
Butterflies & Blooms Photo by Jim Derich
Help us spread wonder and 
enjoyment throughout 2014!
This past September marked the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the Conservatory, after the devastating storm of 1995. Because of donors like you, this wonderful institution of learning, beauty and conservation stands as a thriving pillar of our community today. 
The Conservatory needs your help to continue to offer unique, experiential educational programming, enhance our world class botanical collections, and improve our facilities. This holiday season, we encourage you to make a donation to the Conservatory. A gift in honor of a loved one will make a lasting impression for years to come, and we will send a special card to your loved one, letting them know a gift has been made in their honor. Please click HERE to donate today, or mail your check to Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA  94118

You will receive a letter from us in the mail, thanking you and acknowledging your donation for tax purposes. All donations to the Conservatory are tax deductible. Thank you.

Host Your Holiday Party at the Conservatory!

Photo by Maparunga Photography
Photo of our Orchid Gallery by Maparunga Photography

Still looking for the perfect place to host a holiday party for your workplace or organization? We've got some prime nights available for party rentals


The Conservatory provides special event or party space for groups of up to 200. Our space is exquisitely beautiful, and we have reserved parking! 


Contact Annie today at, to book your special event.


What's in Bloom?  Adenium obesum: the desert rose
Adenium obesum
Adenium obesum


Location in the Conservatory:

Potted Plants Gallery, on the stone table 


This odd but beautiful plant, sometimes called the desert rose, comes from an equally odd but beautiful landscape - the island of Socotra in Yemen. One third of the plants on Socotra are endemic to that island.    


Adeniums are appreciated for their colorful flowers, but also for their unusual, thick caudices. The caudex (plural: caudices) of a plant is its stem, but the term also describes the rootstock, or stem structure, from which new growth arises. 


The Adenium is loved by bonsai artists because it is slow-growing and has sculptural branches. 


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


"Cloud Forests: Beauty in the Mist" on now at the SFBG
Deppea splendens
Deppea splendens. Photo by James Gaither

Do you love the exotic Masdevellia orchids on display in the Conservatory?Masdevellias are native to the high-altitude cloud forests of South America, where they bloom and thrive in an array of colors and varieties. Learn more about cloud forests and their native plants and flowers from our neighbor, right here in GG Park! 


Thanks to San Francisco's foggy and mild climate, hundreds of rare and endangered plants native to the world's misty cloud forests grow successfully outdoors, right here at the San Francisco Botanical Garden.


Take a stroll through the their Mesoamerican Cloud Forest Garden and view flamboyant passion vines, vibrant salvias, and more. Plan your visit today! 

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: $8.00 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 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