Monday, February 9, 2015

Free Day At The San Francisco Conservatory Of Flowers

The Conservatory Of Flowers in San Francisco is a great budget day trip; in fact, I've blogged about it before. Admission is cheap, and on the first Tuesday of each month, admission is free! Last Tuesday, my parents were visiting, so I took advantage of the free day and showed them around the conservatory. They loved it.
Fine February Weather During Our California Drought
The Conservatory is a Beautiful Example of Victorian Architecture 
The conservatory was originally meant to be a greenhouse for the estate of James Lick, a business man and philanthropist. Unfortunately, he died before the greenhouse could be erected on his Santa Clara estate. With its parts still stored in crates, the green house "kit" was sold and donated to San Francisco. It opened to the public in 1879.

The central dome is nearly 60 feet high.
As my mom said, they don't make iron floors like this anymore!
The conservatory is divided into five galleries, including a rotating special exhibit. Each gallery hosts a huge assortment of unusual and beautiful plants. We were so amazed at the variety, that we were continually pointing out different plants to each other.




Each room was beautiful, warm, and felt great, probably because of the high oxygen content.



The current exhibit, which runs through April 12, 2015, is called, Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening. As their website says, the aquascapes "were crafted to highlight the diversity of the fresh water tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America." The tanks were lovely.




I highly recommend visiting the conservatory even if you can't get there on a free Tuesday (first Tuesday of each month).

Admission is $8.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Youth ages 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID
$2.00 for Children ages 5-11
Free for Children ages 4 and under

SF residents pay: $5.00 for Adults
$3.00 for Youth, Seniors and College Students
$1.50 for Children ages 5-11

If you go: it's warm in there, so wear a T-shirt under your layers, and don't overdress your children or they will be miserable. Also bring water because the warmth and humidity makes you thirsty.

Public transportation and Parking

FYI - The conservatory is available to rent (at a non-budget price) for weddings and receptions.

Enjoy your visit and take plenty of pictures!


$8.00 for Adults
$5.00 for Youth ages 12-17, Seniors age 65 & over, and College Students with ID
$2.00 for Children ages 5-11
Free for Children ages 4 and under - See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/visit/hours#sthash.PmxthIfi.dpuf
crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America. - See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/special-exhibits/aquascapes#sthash.n3xcdVFR.dpuf
crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America. - See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/special-exhibits/aquascapes#sthash.n3xcdVFR.dpuf
crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America. - See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/special-exhibits/aquascapes#sthash.n3xcdVFR.dpuf
crafted to highlight the diversity of the freshwater tropical waterways of Africa, Asia and South America. - See more at: http://www.conservatoryofflowers.org/special-exhibits/aquascapes#sthash.n3xcdVFR.dpuf

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