Monday, March 10, 2014

San Francisco's Special Jewel - The Conservatory of Flowers

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Conservatory of Flowers - photo courtesy of CF's Facebook page

On a rainy wintry day (actually, it's sunny right now), what better place to warm up than San Francisco's Conservatory Of Flowers, located in Golden Gate Park. This Victorian wood and glass greenhouse first opened up to the public in 1879. It's gone through many re-births, and most recently, was re-opened in Sept. 2003.

The Conservatory has four standing exhibits which include rooms devoted to Aquatic Plants; Highland Tropics; Lowland Tropics; and Potted Plants. It also has a changing Special Exhibit.

The Aquatic Plants Exhibit shows water lilies - including one that can grow up to 6 feet in diameter!

I don't remember which exhibit this plant was in, but they're all great!

I'd say the most exciting exhibit is always the Special Exhibit, which runs for a limited amount of time. My family and I have gone to the Conservatory a couple of times, and because of the changing special exhibits, we know we will return again. The last time we went, the Conservatory was running model trains through a recreation of San Francisco's Barbary Coast. They did a great job entertaining and educating their visitors.




They even had some special effects . .

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 The current exhibit, which runs through March 16th, is called Butterflies and Blooms. Visitors can share space with butterflies that are flying around a greenhouse garden. The next special exhibit, called, "Chomp! They Came From The Swamp," runs April 11 - Oct 19th, and features carnivorous plants.

Admission is cheap: $8 for adults or $5 for residents of SF; $5 for seniors over 65 and youths 12 - 17; $2 for children 5 - 11; and Free for kids 4 and under.
Hours of Operation: Tues - Sun: 10 - 4:30 (last admission at 4) and Free 1st Tues. of every month.

If You Go: On Sundays, please note that John F. Kennedy Drive is closed within Golden Gate Park.

If you bring young children: Greenhouse temperatures can exceed 85F, so do not overdress your children and babies. I'd also recommend bringing some water.

This is a great budget trip - as long as you can take public transportation or find cheap parking in SF! Also, bring a lunch! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm (Last entry is at 4pm).
Monday: Closed, except Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/visit/hours#sthash.byXIhlKY.dpuf
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm (Last entry is at 4pm).
Monday: Closed, except Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/visit/hours#sthash.byXIhlKY.dpuf
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 4:30pm (Last entry is at 4pm).
Monday: Closed, except Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/visit/hours#sthash.byXIhlKY.dpuf

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