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Issue 76
February 2014

The Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community. 



Chomp! at the Conservatory of Flowers
Some "Dangerous Beauties" in our
upcoming Chomp! exhibit

We're getting into the Springtime swing of things planning our new special exhibit, Chomp! They Came from the Swamp, and we have not one but TWO upcoming galas to announce! 

This Thursday, February 20, join us for the Pacific Orchid Exposition's annual benefit preview gala, Orchids and All That Jazz. POE is generously donating a portion of all ticket sales to the Conservatory. 

Then on Thursday, April 10, don't miss the Conservatory of Flowers' own Dangerous Beauty Gala. This lavish and festive evening of exotic food and cocktails, live music and dancing is also the launch party for our Chomp! exhibit which opens to the public the next day. Purchase your tickets now for this alluring and "dangerous" event! 


Only a few weeks left to experience Butterflies & Blooms; be sure to stop by and see our beautiful winged creatures before this celebrated special exhibit closes on March 16. As always, we thank you for supporting the Conservatory of Flowers. 


Eric Andersen, Director

Orchids and all that Jazz:  a portion of every ticket sold to POE's Gala Benefit Preview goes to the Conservatory
POE 2014 Gala Flyer

Purchase tickets HERE, and
please enter "CF" in the promo code field.    


On Thursday, February 20, put on your finest and head to Fort Mason's flower-filled Festival Pavilion for the Pacific Orchid Exposition's 2014 Gala: Orchids and All That Jazz


A portion of each Gala ticket sold will be donated to the Conservatory of Flowers. 


As always, our horticulturalists will have a fun and creative booth at POE, bursting with rare and beautiful orchids flowering in a tropical island setting.


Don't miss this fun and "jazzy" evening!


Entries due by Wednesday, March 12
Hey kids! Enter our Arbor Day drawing contest for a chance to win a one-year Family Membership
Arbor Day Drawing Contest
Arbor Day celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. In California, Arbor Day is observed from March 7th-14th.

The Conservatory of Flowers encourages parents and teachers to observe Arbor Day by teaching elementary school students about the importance of rainforest trees, and by encouraging them to participate in our Arbor Day drawing contest, Tropical Trees Are Terrific!

The contest winner will receive a Family Membership to the Conservatory of Flowers, and the winning artwork will be published in the Conservatory's March enewsletter.

Submit your drawings by Wednesday, March 12. Click HERE for more information and submission instructions.

Tickets are on sale NOW for our Dangerous Beauty Gala!

Dangerous Beauty Gala logo


"Will you walk into my parlour? said the spider to the fly..."  -Mary Howitt

On April 10, indulge your senses with exotic food and cocktails, live music and dancing, and a VIP sneak preview of our murky and mysterious new carnivorous plants exhibit, CHOMP! They Came From the Swamp on the night before it opens to the public.

Dance the night away to music by the fabulous Dick Bright Orchestra, bid in our dazzling silent auction, and enjoy open bar and tantalizing bites all night long!

Proceeds from the Dangerous Beauty Gala benefit the Conservatory's youth education program, which offers free guided tours to San Francisco school children. 


Don't miss this fantastic and magical celebration at the Conservatory of Flowers! 

What Exactly is "Dangerous Beauty"?
Visit our Pinterest page for Gala attire inspiration!
Dangerous Beauties Pinterest page
What's in Bloom? Laellia/Cattleya hybrid orchid
Laelia/Cattleya hybrid orchid
Laelia/Cattleya hybrid orchid


Location in the Conservatory:

Lowlands Gallery, along the back wall in the orchid display area


Cattleya orchids, native to wet lowland forests in the tropical Americas, are a premier flower in the floral industry. They are used by orchid enthusiasts to create hybrids (often with Laelia orchids, as shown here) and prize plants. Their large, showy flowers often have a pleasant sweet or citrusy fragrance.  

An interesting adaptation of Cattleya orchids is that some have a pseudobulb on every leaf to store water and nutrients, which are used in the latent season. In the wet season new leaves grow twice as fast.


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


Chomp! They Came from the Swamp is coming!!
Nepentheses Eymae
Photo by Damon Collingsworth


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