The Conservatory Chronicles

Issue 107
October 2016
SucculentsA Wild Time with The Wild Bunch
We had so much fun exploring and watching  The Wild Bunch  flourish throughout the set of the abandoned ghost town in the Special Exhibit Gallery! 
If you have ever wondered what will happen to the succulents, cacti and fat plants when the exhibit is over, look no further than the Painted Desert Garden adjacent to  the Conservatory of Flowers! Our extraordinary gardeners and apprentices from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department aided in the deconstruction of  The Wild Bunch  exhibit and replanting these marvelous plants in their new homes. 

ButterfliesComing Soon...
The Return of the Butterflies and Blooms!

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies and Blooms coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this fall. 

The popular exhibit returns by overwhelming demand to San Francisco's beloved Victorian greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibit Gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Visitors can see a dazzling array of more than 20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including magnificent monarchs, Western swallowtails, painted ladies, and more. 

Read here to learn more about this unique exhibit and by following us on Facebook for updates.

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DocentsLove Butterflies? -- Become a Butterfly Docent!
Butterflies & Blooms exhibit docents will educate intrigued visitors about the plants and butterflies that fill the Special Exhibit Gallery. In November, the Conservatory will offer training on butterfly  pollination, migration, and metamorphosis, so you can help visitors leave the exhibit with an even deeper sense of wonder over these fascinating creatures. 

Volunteers are asked to commit to two shifts per month through the run of the exhibit. Shifts are 10:00-1:00 or 1:00-4:00, Tuesday-Sunday. In return for your time, the Conservatory offers free admission, volunteer-only lectures and social events, and a discount in the gift shop. To join the volunteer program, contact Director of Volunteers and Education  Erika Frank by email or call (415) 637-4326.

PopUpGSPop-up Gift Shop at the Conservatory Kiosk
As the Special Exhibit Gallery experiences a thorough exhibit changeover, visitors are occasionally met with the desire to purchase items from the gift shop for their loved ones and to support the Conservatory. We are pleased to grant this significant concession opportunity that enhances our visitor's ove rall experience at the Conservatory of Flowers. Our pop-up gift shop is open and accessible on the Palm Terrace on Friday through Sunday. Please check our Facebook page for exact hours. 

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BloomWhat's in Bloom?
Click on the video below to see what Nursery Specialist Eric Imperiale, has to say about this amazing Cloud Forest bloom. 

Pleurothallis Gargantua "Giant Bonnet Orchid" at the  Conservatory of Flowers 
Pleurothallis gargantuan at the Conservatory of Flowers

Visit the  What's in Bloom page to see what other beauties are blooming in the Highlands Gallery.