The Conservatory Chronicles                                                Issue 90, May 2015
May Slen in Stranded
Guest Services representative May Slen toasts our members in the "Stranded! Tropical Island Survival" exhibit space
Join us...then Join Us!
Our annual Members' Night is coming up on Thursday, July 16th 

Each year, the Conservatory hosts a party to say THANK YOU to our wonderful members. All current members and their families will be invited to join us on
Thursday, July 16th from 5 to 7pm
to enjoy live music, free wine and beer (and lemonade), delicious snacks, and the rare opportunity to experience our tropical greenhouse in an intimate, after-hours setting. 

Become a member today, or renew your expired membership to be included in this fun event! Conservatory membership has many benefits including free Conservatory admission for a year, discounts at Flora Grubb nursery and in our gift shop, and special privileges at nearly 300 other botanical gardens and arboreta throughout North America, as part of the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program. Join us today, then join us on July 16th!
Oh what a night...Gala Under Glass 
Photos of 2015 Gala Under Glass
Photos by Claudine Gossett for Drew Altizer Photography


Gala Under Glass was a fabulous party, and we want to extend our tremendous thanks to everyone who supported the Conservatory by attending or donating to the event. On May 7, over 200 guests were treated to live music from the Dick Bright Orchestra, entertainment by the Deco Belles dance troupe, sumptuous food and exotic cocktails, and an exclusive "sneak peak" of our lush new special exhibit, Stranded! Tropical Island Survival, on the night before it opened to the public!


Diane B. Wilsey, who generously donated at the Majestic Palm level, served as this year's Honorary Chair, and for the second year in a row, Martha Woollomes went above and beyond as the Chair of the Gala Committee. View more photos HERE on our Facebook page. THANK YOU to all who participated, and we'll see you next year!

Photo by Vanessa Fajardo.
Blinded by the white 
The Conservatory got a fresh new coat of whitewash in April 
During the last two weeks of April, some very thorough and meticulous painters frosted every inch of our beloved greenhouse with a fresh new coat of our signature brilliant white. Stop by soon and check out our gleaming new look!
Stranded graphic square
Discover Stranded! Tropical Island Survival 
This lush exhibit features dozens of gorgeous palms and other tropical plants, hand-built thatched and bamboo structures, educational signage featuring fun facts, and more. Find yourself Stranded now through October 18!
Click here to become a member today!
We'll send you an invitation to our July 16 Members' Party after you join.
Members party 2015
Amorphophallus konjac
What's in Bloom?
Amorphophallus konjac
Hold your nose...the A. konjac is currently unfurled and filling our Potted Plants gallery with the stench of dead rats!


This native of East Asia unfurls about once a year and gives off an odor of rotting meat which, while off-putting to humans, is a seductive lure for the beetles and flies that pollinate the smelly, liver-colored "beauty" in its natural habitat. Stop by this week...the smell only lasts a few days!


Visit our What's in Bloom page to see what else is blooming.

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