The Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is one of the best places in the country to stop and smell the roses, or the tulips or the orchids…
With the mission of connecting “people and plants in a place of exceptional beauty," the Conservatory of Flowers is one of the premier places in the Bay Area to see some of nature’s most beautiful creations.Constructed out of wood and glass and designed in the style of Victorian architecture, the Conservatory of Flowers is a city, state, and national historic landmark.The structure has been improved upon and re-built several times to such a degree that the building was placed on the 100 most Endangered World Monuments list by the World Monuments Fund in 1998. After $25 million-worth of construction from 1999 – 2003, the Conservatory of Flowers re-opened to the public and has been racking up numerous local, state and national awards ever since!
The first things that visitors to the Conservatory of Flowers can expect to see are Aquatic Plants. Check out a glass and metal art installation showing a water lily hanging in the air.One of the primary plants in the collection, the Victoria amazonica’s leaves can grow up to six feet in diameter and can support the weight of a small child.
Next up is the Highland Tropics.The temperature in the Highland Tropics gallery is lower than in other places within the Conservatory of Flowers in an effort to simulate the environment of tropical mountaintops.With a collection of delicate high-altitude orchids, the Highland Tropics display is one of only four in the United States.
On the flipside of the coin, the Lowland Tropics exhibit puts the Conservatory of Flowers’oldest and most valuable plants on display and the Cycads in the exhibit pre-date the dinosaurs.The Potted Plants Gallery will round your trip to the Conservatory.
Here’s what people are saying:
“The exhibits were beautifully curated and the addition of plenty of water sources in the forms of larger pools, smaller fish bowls inside of things you wouldn't expect and fountains really enhanced the feng shui of this entire place. The butterfly exhibit was a bonus and very well done,” someone wrote on Yelp. “The Conservatory of Flowers is a can't miss in my opinion. The building is the perfect setting for its contents and it is a very nice and relaxing way to spend an hour or two enveloped with nature.”
“The Conservatory of Flowers is a beautiful sanctuary of plants. They have wings dedicated to aquatic plants, rainforest plants, and orchids in addition to an awesome butterfly exhibit where the butterfly flutter around freely as you explore their garden,” said someone else. “The museum itself is not very large so when it gets crowded (as it does on free days), it can be difficult to really lose yourself in this garden because people are always trying to get by you or there will actually be a line to take a picture of a specific plant.”
Please be advised that temperatures at the Conservatory of Flowers may exceed 85 degrees.
Present your pass at the ticket kiosk just outside of the Conservatory entrance.
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Last entry is at 4 p.m.). Open on Monday for Memorial Day and Labor Day. Closed Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. There is a 1:30 pm closure time on December 24.
Public Tours are available on most days of the week at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m., subject to availability. For more information please call (415) 831-2090.
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Comments about Smart Destinations Conservatory of Flowers:
Golden Gate Park is a beautiful place and the gazebo structure of the Flower Conservatory fits in wonderfully Perfect for taking romantic pictures. The inside is just fascinating. The flowers and plants are a sight to behold. They even have a special exhibit running about secretly poisonous plants. I loved being inside this small paradise and didn't want to leave. I didn't expect that this would be one of my favorite spots.