The Conservatory Chronicles 

Issue 119
October 2017

A monthly newsletter for our growing Conservatory Community
Join Us at the 
Dracula Ball - Gala Under Glass

The Dracula Ball , being held on October 19 i s the annual benefit for the Conservatory of Flowers. With just a couple weeks left, the annual fundraiser directly supports t he renovation of our Cloud Forest Gallery and its supporting greenhouse - critical to our ability to maintain and protect rare, endangered orchids. Join us. 
After The Dracula Ball there's the after-party,  The Gaslamp Fantasy. Dance the night away with DJs, live music, drinks and more. Tickets are still available  here.

Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden

The Conservatory of Flowers welcomes  Drake's Brewing Company  as partner of our 
on  Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm.

Guests will receive a free Drake's brew with admission, meet the artisan brewing team, stroll the Conservatory with a "What's in Bloom" treasure map and then settle in for the Illumination light show with music, food and more hops-based elixirs from We Bring the Bar.
Murder at the Conservatory

October 26 - JUST ADDED!
October 27 -  SOLD OUT 

Come in costume this Halloween weekend and crack the mystery of who killed Dr. Michael Orrhiza at  Murder at the Conservatory , a Victorian Murder Mystery  set in the Conservatory of Flowers. 

Plan Your Holiday Party in a Tropical Paradise

Having a corporate holiday party? Look no further. The Conservatory of Flowers still has some availability. To learn more, reach out to 

San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show
The Conservatory is honored to serve as a Cultural Partner to the 
San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show
October 26 - 29, 2017
Preview Gala - October 25, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason

Kruger Fecit, Circular Porcelain
Cecil Kennedy, Spring

The San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show, now in its 36th year, is the oldest and most prestigious show of its genre on the West Coast. Presenting 50 of the finest international art and antiques dealers showing a breadth of works from across the globe and through the centuries. It is a must-see destination for collectors and enthusiasts of art, antiques and design.
As a hometown nod to the 50th anniversary of the historic Summer of Love, this year's theme, FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design, springs from the beauty and romance of blooms and blossoms.  Programming includes the renowned Lecture Series, Book Signings, and Cocktail Hour Talks. 100% of net proceeds support the nonprofit Enterprise for Youth to help primarily disadvantaged high school students pursue life after school with passion and purpose. Tickets and info at

Conservatory Trivia - What Do The Thinker and "The 27" Have in Common?

Did you know that Auguste Rodin's The Thinker was once on display at the entrance of the Conservatory of Flowers in Conservatory Valley? Adolph Spreckels, one of the 27 businessmen that purchased the Conservatory kit and  paid to have it constructed in Golden Gate Park, and his wife Alma Spreckels assembled a collection of Rodin's work. The Thinker is one of the earliest acquisitions of more than seventy Rodin sculptures that Mrs. Spreckels, founder of the Legion of Honor, purchased and later donated to the Legion of Honor, according to the museum. Today, The Thinker can be found in all its iconic glory at the Legion of Honor.

What's in Bloom?
The inspiration for the Dracula Ball.

This plant is a Dracula orchid in the subtribe Pleurothallid. You might assume that the name is a reference to the fictional vampire, Count Dracula, but in Greek, Dracula literally means 'little dragon'. When fully open, the flower resembles a dragon's face.  Living in the cloud forest of the tropics, Dracula orchids are a remarkable example of mimicry. Mimicry is an adaptation that allows an organism to look like another plant, animal, or in this case, a fungus. Dracula flowers look and smell like fleshy mushrooms to attract pollinating flies.