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Issue 96
November 2015

The Conservatory Chronicles
A monthly newsletter for our growing community. 

I'm thankful!
This week we celebrate a uniquely North America holiday - a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

I'm thankful for all of you - our supporters, our visitors, our admirers from afar - who volunteer, visit, and appreciate the historic Victorian greenhouse: the only public wood and glass conservatory in North America - yes, we're also unique!

This Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, the Conservatory we will be closed so that our dedicated staff will be able to celebrate this day of thanksgiving with their family and friends.

After the feast, I encourage you to plan a visit to the all new garden railway exhibit 
celebrating the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition (PPIE) which is sure to get you all in the holiday spirit. The Conservatory is a great place to bring your holiday guests - or to run away for a tropical escape - no airfare required!

We're open 10 - 4:30 (last ticket sold at 4) Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. We look forward to welcoming you to the tropical jungle.

All of us who are fortunate to spend our days working at the
beautiful and historic Conservatory of Flowers wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Eric Andersen, Acting Director
Tickets now available for our lovely folk rock evening concert on Friday, December 4th
A night of local music, craft beer and greenhouse strolling featuring
SF bands "Heron Oblivion" and "Extra Classic"


Tickets are now available for a fantastic evening of live music with newly-signed Sub Pop recording artists Heron Oblivion and Nopal Records recording artists Extra Classic.  


Check out this great article in The Bay Bridged about the bands and this show!  

Rachel White of Sub Pop describes Heron Oblivion as "a mesmeric compilation of English folk rock and earthy West Coast psychedelia." 


SF's beloved Extra Classic is anchored by songwriting couple Alex and Adrianne deLanda, whose mutual love of vintage Jamaican dub and psychedelic rock inspired the highly dance-able group's formation back in 2011.   


Reserve your tickets today! Beer, wine and cocktails will be available for purchase. Friday, December 4 in the Orchid Pavillion. Doors open and DJ starts at 6:30pm, Extra Classic set begins at 8pm, Heron Oblivion set begins at 9pm. The main greenhouse will be open for strolling until 9pm. 

Visit the Gift Shop for Unique Holiday Giving  
Unique collectibles fill the shelves of the Conservatory Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is brimming with stocking stuffers and carefully recreated PPIE mementos.

Shop online 24/7 or in person, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am - 4:30 pm.

Remember: Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases! 
2015 Giving Tuesday
Help us make this year's Giving Tuesday campaign a success!


DONATE on Tuesday, December 1st


Make a TRIBUTE gift in honor or in memory of a loved one on December 1st


Be a MATCHING ANGEL: agree to match all donations received on December 1st by 10%, 50% or 100%


For more information, or to volunteer to be a MATCHING ANGEL, contact Development Director Jane Scurich at or 415-831-2093.


"Garden Railway: 1915 Pan-Pacific" opened to Enthusiastic Reviews


The trains are rolling...  

Visitors are enjoying the all new garden railway celebrating the centennial of the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition (PPIE). The gardens are filled with miniature replicas of famous structures from the Exhibition. Trains chug through the lushly landscaped gardens and around the celebrated structures. Signage by Laura Ackley author of "San Francisco's Jeweled City" provides historic background on the1915 World's Fair that announced to the world that San Francisco had risen from the ashes of the 1906 earthquake.

The Richmond District Blog offers an overview of the exhibit along with some historic background on the Exhibition.

What's in Bloom?  Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Clerodendrum thomsoniae,commonly known as the bleeding heart vine, is cascading down the corner of the arbor in the Potted Plants Gallery. This native West African native boasts hundreds of flowers during its winter blooming season. Red petals burst out of white, pillowy sepals. The appearance can be likened to a line of dangling hearts, each emerging from the other. The plant can be grown in the Bay Area in moist, well-drained soil.
Visit our What's in Bloom webpage to explore fabulous blooms throughout the Conservatory.