The Conservatory Chronicles 

Issue 78, May 2014 
Five ways to get involved today
Supporting the Conservatory is as easy as 1..2..3! (...4...5)


. Become a Member. Enjoy the many benefits of membership all year long while supporting the Conservatory.  
Photo by Stephanie Versin
Photo by Stephanie Versin
Members only party May 7  
2. Make a Donation
General donations from individuals like you
are the life blood of our living museum.  

Vote for us in the San Francisco Parks Alliance's Action Grant competition. Help us keep our "Carnivores in the Classroom" program going strong in 2014!
Carnivores in the Classroom

Conservatory volunteers Carolyn Nuite and Eve Maher
4Volunteer to greet Conservatory visitors, give tours, teach school children about tropical plants...our robust volunteer program is a great way to connect with fellow plant lovers and give back to the community! See below for more info.

From corporate meetings and work parties to festive birthday parties and unforgettable weddings, the Conservatory offers state-of-the-art meeting and event facilities in a gorgeous tropical setting.
Wedding couple, photo by Mapurunga Photography
Photo by Mapurunga Photography
Memorial Day: We Are Open! Pavonia divaricata

Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) is a wonderful time to visit the Conservatory, and we are indeed OPEN as usual from 10am to 4pm that day. Please note, however, that some roads in the park will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Hot Heat = Happy Hibiscus
At the peak of last week's heat wave, temps rose as high as the mid-90's in some areas of the Conservatory. We humans withered a bit, but it was worth it to see these colorful hibiscus thriving in the tropical heatwave and bursting with a rainbow of colors!
Hibiscus in the Conservatory


A "Behind the Scenes" COF Tour for Gala-Goers
A private tour that was auctioned off as part of the Dangerous Beauty Gala was held this past Thursday evening, May 15. Exhibits Director Lau Hodges treated the small but enthusiastic group to a wonderful exploration of the Conservatory's horticulturalists' greenhouses, our new Chomp! exhibit, and an after-hours, narrated stroll through the permanent collections. A good time was had by all!
Conservatory friend and member J.R. Nuerge flashes her winning smile as Lau Hodges (third from left) regales guests with tales of Conservatory history and plant life


Share in the Fun! Become a Conservatory Volunteer
Conservatory Greeter Caroline Collins

Talk to fascinating visitors, make new friends and help the Conservatory by becoming an ambassador at our historic greenhouse.
Jungle Guides, Docents and Greeter volunteers are needed.

Jungle guides: Introduce elementary school students to the wonders of the rainforest.

Docents: Educate adult visitors about the Conservatory's fascinating collection of tropical plants.

Greeters: Welcome visitors, take tickets, and meet people from around the world.

Contact Volunteer Director Erika Frank at or visit our website for more information, and to start volunteering!  
Planning summer travels? Don't forget to pack your membership card for FREE garden admissions nationwide!


Profusion of cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Flash your current Conservatory membership card at over 300 gardens and arboreta across North America, and receive FREE admission as part of the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program.

If your membership has expired, now is a great time to renew and take advantage of reciprocal admissions wherever your plans may take you.

Click HERE to search for gardens and download a copy of participating institutions, or to view the AHS' Reciprocal Admissions Program policies and restrictions.

Click HERE for a full list of Conservatory membership benefits, or to join today.
Stunning views and California native plants at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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What's in Bloom? Cinorkis gibbosa
Currently "hanging out" in Potted Plants! 
Cynorkis gibbosa
Cinorkis gibbosa

Location in the Conservatory:

Potted Plants Gallery, Hanging on Arbor

This rare orchid and Madagascar native has an extremely unusual flower shape and fascinating color pattern. The petals and sepals are salmon colored and have red spots. The lip is marked with a magenta splotch, perhaps to attract pollinators.  

C. gibbosa is a deciduous, terrestrial orchid that often dies back to tuberous roots during the winter months, which in spring produce large green leaves with purple spots.



 Check 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: $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