The Conservatory Chronicles

Issue 103
June 2016
Say hello to summer!

TopWhat a great time to visit a tropical jungle right here in Golden Gate Park as daylight streams for hours!  

  • Great news for all our Victoria Amazonica fans! The Queen of water lilies are alive, well, and thriving in the Aquatics Gallery. We are so very grateful to our generous donors who contributed to the new boiler installation and total reconfiguration. The beautiful plants are growing daily and you can follow us on Facebook for updates on blooms. 
  • Please stop by for an enchanting experience after dark as the iconic Victorian greenhouse is illuminated in spectacular rainbow pride lighting only this week.
  •  Friday is a very special free day in honor of Pride weekend. Stop by for a free tropical vacation for your senses as we'll be open until 8:30 (last admission at 8).
  • We're also open July 4th until 8:30, so we invite you to continue the long holiday weekend with us.
  • A captivating evening of storytelling takes place on the historic property July 16th.
  • Don't forget to stroll through the ghost town happily sprouting and flourishing with a varied display of wildly strange succulents in the Special Exhibits Gallery presenting The Wild Bunch.

StorytellingJoin Us for an Evening of Storytelling on July 16

You are cordially invited to a night of storytelling and extraordinary happenings!

The Conservatory of Flowers Presents SonicSF's Joyride!: Stones Thrown in Glass Houses: A Victorian Evening of Interactive Storytelling, Warning Tales & Fables Told LIVE, in a Glass House.

Saturday, July 16, 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

PrideCelebrate Pride! Free admission Friday, June 24

Thanks to a Great Group of Volunteers!

We were delighted to welcome a team of volunteers from Google recently. They spent the morning in the "back of the house" cleaning and organizing the lath house  and weeding the hillside adjacent to our offices. 

What a difference this team of enthusiastic workers made! 

Thank you - and come back to see us soon! 
Volunteer Docent Training Begins July 14th

Upcoming Docent Training Program

This summer, the Conservatory will hold a comprehensive training program to prepare new volunteers to lead tours for adults or children. Jungle Guides introduce elementary school students to the wonders of the rainforest. Docents educate adult visitors about the fascinating collection of tropical plants and the stunning historic greenhouse. The Conservatory welcomes adult volunteers of all experience levels to join the training program. Learn more.
ShindigAnnual member's Evening Coming Soon!

Summer Succulents Shindig, our annual member's evening, is rapidly approaching. 

Join or renew today and enjoy this fun evening with family crafts, live entertainment by Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces and refreshments, all in the beautiful Victorian greenhouse. 
amazonicaThe Amazonicas have Returned!
The Victoria amazonicas are alive and well in the Aquatics Gallery, sharing the pond with a number of other water lilies.  

Follow us on Facebook as we'll be posting as soon as the amazonicas bloom. 

What's in Bloom?
But only for a brief time...
You don't want to miss this fabulous blooming vine!

Located in the Lowland Tropics Gallery, adjacent to the doorway to the Potted Plants Gallery, this tall vining plant is putting on quite a show! Nursery specialists moved it into the gallery on Monday and the bloom should continue through this weekend.

Petrea volubilis
Common name: sandpaper vine (also known as Florida wisteria)

Location in Conservatory: Lowland Gallery
Native to: Mexico and Central America
Petrea is a genus of evergreen flowering vines. They have rough-textured leaves, hence the common name sandpaper vine. Dangling from the raceme (hanging cluster of flowers) are dozens of pale purple sepals. Violet flowers grow from the center of the sepals. The sepals serve to attract pollinators to the smaller flower. The flower only lasts a few days but the sepals remain for weeks.

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