The Conservatory Chronicles 

Issue 121
December 2017

A monthly newsletter for our growing Conservatory Community
Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons

Celebrate the natural wonders of the season with "Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons," a new series of artistic illuminations on the Conservatory's iconic fa├žade. This program completes a cycle, transforming the Conservatory into an elegant illuminated canvas of fall, winter and spring scenes. 

Join us on tomorrow, Thursday, December 7, for the official unveiling, as part of "Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park," a free special event hosted by San Francisco Recreation & Park.

Photosynthesis: Love for All Seasons is a free  a public art installation occurring outside the Conservatory n ightly from December 7 through Spring 2018.

Final Weeks: Butterflies & Blooms

It's not too late to get eye to eye with a butterfly this holiday season. Butterflies & Blooms, our widely popular special exhibit, will be open to the public until Sunday, January 7. 
Give the Gift of Membership This Holiday Season

Enjoy the many benefits of our membership program, including free entry,  special admission privileges and discounts to our after-hours events.

Holiday Hours

We will be open with limited hours on Sunday, December 24. Last ticket sold at 1:30p.m. On Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1, the Conservatory will be closed.

Week-long  Maintenance Closure in January

We will be closed to the public for maintenance beginning Saturday, January 20 through Monday, January 29. We will return to regular hours on Tuesday, January 30. Please keep this in mind when planning a visit to the Conservatory in January.  
Upcoming Events

Photo by Candiss Koenitzer
Botanicals & Brews Beer Garden: Last One of 2017
Friday, December 15 at 6:30p.m.

Our Botanicals & Brews series concludes with Calicraft, a local brewery that likes to think of their beer as the best of California, in a bottle. 

Learn about their brewing process, explore the Conservatory plant collection, and enjoy our new nightly light show, Love for All Seasons. 

Murder at the Conservatory
Friday, December 29 at 7:00p.m.

There is still time to help crack the case of who killed Dr. Michael Orrhiza. Join us for a Victorian murder mystery set in the Conservatory of Flowers. 


Conservatory Trivia - Getting to Know Leland Stanford, One of "The 27"

"If, as they say, God spanked the town
For being over frisky,
Why did He burn the churches down
And save Hotaling's whiskey?'"

Charles Kellogg Field  
Anson Parsons Hotaling, one of the 27 businessmen who bought the Conservatory from the estate of James Lick, was born in 1828 in New Baltimore, New York. At the age of 24, Hotaling sailed from New York to California in the "Racehound," seeking the Gold Rush. En route the ship was forced to dock for an extended period at Valparaiso, Chile where he thought he might remain, however, he did eventually travel to California.

Unhappy with gold mining, he clerked at W.J. Griffin's liquor store and within a few years, bought it out, opening his own company, A.P. Hotaling & Co. By 1880, he was the largest wholesaler in the area, selling nearly 2,000 barrels per year.  He expanded up the West Coast to Seattle and Portland, with J.H. Cutter Whiskey as his flagship brand. Other brand names included St. George, OK A No. 1 Old Bourbon, Old Kirk and "Death to Imitators." The great fire of 1906 burned nearly every other liquor warehouse - BUT that of Hotaling, which was unscathed. Prohibition shut down his business in 1919, but Andon died in 1899, much mourned by his widow, Lorena, and four sons.   
We hoist a cup to his memory!

What's in Bloom?

Hippeastrum is a genus in the family Amaryllidaceae with 70-75 species and 600 hybrids and cultivars. The genus is native to tropical regions of the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Hippeastrum reticulatum grows in wet sandy soils in Southern Brazil and usually needs a month-long dormancy during winter and blooms in the fall.

For many years there was confusion among botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum. The common name "amaryllis" is mainly used for the indoor flowering bulbs sold in the winter. The generic name Amaryllis applies to bulbs from South Africa, usually grown outdoors. They are also commonly called naked ladies.