Conservatory
The Conservatory Chronicles                                                Issue 91, June 2015
Bring back the V. amazonica
Help us double our gift this July.  
During the month of June, the Conservatory received a total of $15,000 from two very generous donors. The money is to be used to fund replacement of the broken boiler in Aquatics, so we can grow the giant Victoria amazonica lilypads once again. Please help us to double that amount this July by making a contribution to our Bring Back the Amazonica fund. You may donate "in honor of" or "in memory of" a special plant-lover in your life, and your donation is 100% tax deductible. With YOUR help we can replace the boiler, bring the Aquatics pond back up to a warmer temperature, and re-grow the majestic V. amazonica!
We hope to see you at our Members' Party on Thursday, July 16th!
Current members only: CLICK HERE to RSVP
New or expired members: CLICK HERE to join or renew
2014 Members' Party
Attention members: Free Asian Art Museum admission with your card throughout July    
Asian Art Museum 
Enjoy FREE admission to the Asian Art Museum when you present your current Conservatory membership card during the month of July!* 

Check out Exquisite Nature, the AAM's exhibit of works from some of China's most influential painters from the 14th-18th centuries, or simply browse the museum's expansive and fascinating permanent collections. We're thrilled to offer this temporary reciprocal admissions benefit with the Asian Art Museum. Become a member today, or renew your expired Conservatory membership to take advantage of this great opportunity. *Must have your card with you to receive free admission. 
Stranded! featured on "Bay Area People" Lau on Bay Area People 
 
Exhibits Director Lau Hodges gave a delightful and informative interview on KTVU's Bay Area People program last week, during which she told host Lisa Yokota all about our current exhibit, Stranded! Tropical Island Survival.

Footage of the lush exhibit is shown as Lau describes the many ways tropical plants have been used for survival by "castaways" and native islanders alike. See the full interview HERE.
Athleta SF yoga event
Athleta held free yoga classes at the Conservatory on the summer solstice 

Sports and yoga outfitters Athleta offered three free yoga classes in our Orchid Pavillion to pre-registered guests this past Saturday, then paid admission fees so their guests could tour the greenhouse for free!
 
Visit our Event Rentals page to plan YOUR wedding, party or corporate event at the Conservatory. 
 
Nepenthes
What's in Bloom?
Nepenthes bicalcarata
Location: Aquatics 
 
The N. bicalcarata or fanged pitcher plant is a myrmecophyte, or "ant plant," noted for its mutualistic relationship with the Camponotus schmitzi ant species.  

Because the fluid inside the N. bicalcarata's pitcher contains fewer acidic enzymes than in other Nepenthes, the ants are able to devour insects at the bottom of the pitcher without being killed by acid.

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