The Conservatory Chronicles 

Issue 83, October 2014 
Get ready for underwater adventure!
Join us on Thursday, November 13 when our beautiful new exhibit,
Prepare to "dive in" to the fascinating world of underwater gardening at the Conservatory of Flowers. Aquascaping, the art of creating stunning underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood, is a popular international gardening trend. Annual competitions attract hundreds of elaborate entries from around the world. The beautifully planted aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys, or can become sublime works of underwater abstract art. There will be twelve distinctly different aquariums on display in our exhibit.


Go 'below the surface' as you stroll past lush, living aquascapes, imaginatively crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America.

This is the Conservatory's first-ever exhibit featuring aquascapes. We're thrilled to give you a chance to experience this unique form of water gardening, and to learn how aquatic plants have adapted to life in the deep. Aquascapes: the Art of Underwater Gardening is in Special Exhibits from November 13, 2014 - April 12, 2015. Don't miss it!

New and Improved Membership & Donation pages


It just got a whole lot easier to become a Conservatory member, renew your existing membership, or donate to the Conservatory online.


Network for Good We've teamed up with Network for Good, the nation's #1 online giving platform for non-profits, to present our NEW Donation and Membership pages.

Please take a look. We hope you'll agree the new pages are streamlined and convenient. They're so user-friendly, you can even donate or join in a snap using your mobile phone. Hooray, internet!
Bidding a sad adieu to Chomp! They Came from the Swamp
Chomp! They Came from the Swamp collage
Our fabulous Chomp exhibit came to an end on Sunday, October 19th, 2014. This third iteration of our much-loved carnivorous plants exhibit featured more varieties of carnivores than ever before, huge fabricated models of Venus fly traps, cephalotus and sarracenias, and colorful signage explaining how these exotic beauties lure unsuspecting insect prey into their traps.

This year our exhibits staff partnered with Damon Collingsworth and the other good folks at California Carnivores to create a boggy paradise filled with "killer plants" of all shapes and sizes. While most of them will return to California Carnivores, some plants will stay here at the Conservatory and find new homes in our permanent collections. 

We hope YOU got a chance to visit Chomp. Thanks to all who "dared to enter" this lush and fascinating exhibit of meat-eating plants! 
Wild kahili ginger
What's in Bloom: Hedychium gardneriarum
Hedychium gardnerianum
Location in the Conservatory:
In the Aquatics Gallery, east side of the lower pond
This colorful native of the Himalayas in India and Nepal grows to eight feet tall, with long, bright green leaves clasping its tall stems. 
The fragrant pale yellow and red flowers are held in dense spikes above the foliage. 
This plant is an invasive species in certain areas. It is known as "wild kahili ginger" and is considered a weed in Hawaii. Its sticky seeds are easily spread by birds and roaming mammals, while the rhizomes crowd out seedlings of other plants by forming dense mats. 
Our What's in Bloom page has been revamped to give you even more information about what's blooming in our galleries. Find your favorites and come see them 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