The Conservatory Chronicles
Issue 98
January 2016
Maintenance week a success!

We'll be opening our doors on schedule Tuesday morning at 10 am and hope that you will soon be visiting. Our annual week long maintenance closure allowed the San Francisco Recreation & Park carpenters, electricians, engineers and painters to complete numerous projects requiring several consecutive days of work.

Many of the projects will be easily noticeable such as the completely
Refinished bench in Potted Plants
refurbished greeter's desk and donation bank in the vestibule. The wood has been carefully refinished and looks wonderful. The teak bench in Potted Plants, an always popular place to spend a few relaxing moments amid the magnificent florals, also received a thorough  refinishing by the paint shop.

Our evening visitors will appreciate the new overhead lighting in the Lowland Tropics Gallery as well as      up-lights in the Potted Plants Gallery installed by the electricians.
New benches, new lights in Potted Plants
New benches were crafted by the carpenters to support the collections in Potted Plants.

Extremely important behind the scenes work by the engineers included servicing of the mechanical vents, so very essential to the health of the plant collections as well as the integrity of the wood structure.

We thank all of you for your patience and understanding during the closure week. 

Come see us soon! 
Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics

Join us for this special Valentine's event featuring aphrodisiacs from Hibiscus around the world! Explore the tropical greenhouse and learn fun facts about the libido enhancing plants in our gardens. Enjoy a complimentary flute of champagne or try one of three stimulating specialty cocktails available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 per person, or 2 for $35 when purchased in advance, and include a complimentary glass of champagne.
Pacific Orchid Exposition
 February 26-28 at Fort Mason Center
Be sure to visit the Conservatory's lush and flower-filled display!
San Francisco Orchid Society
64th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, "A Legacy of Orchids"
February 26-28, 2016
Fri.& Sat.: 9am-6pm, Sun.: 10am-5pm
Fort Mason Center's Festival Pavilion, San Francisco, California
General Admission: $14 advance online/$15 at the door
Seniors (65+): $11 advance online/$12 at the door
3 Day Pass: $25
Children 16 and under are free
Call 650.548.6700

What's in Bloom

It's Cymbidium season in the Bay Area and the
Potted Plants Gallery is filled with blooms!

Cymbidiums are noteworthy because although there are approximately only 44 species, thousands of hybrids exist.  Cymbidiums are popular in the florist trade for corsages and floral design. Cut flowers last for weeks. They are widely grown in Bay Area gardens and bloom in the winter.
Native to: lowland forests and temperate zones in S.E. Asia, China, Japan, Indonesia, Australia

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