The Conservatory Chronicles 

Issue 118
September 2017

A monthly newsletter for our growing Conservatory Community
Buy Tickets Now for the 
Dracula Ball - Gala Under Glass

The Dracula Ball is the annual benefit for the Conservatory of Flowers! This party will break the mold for experiences at the Conservatory - and with limited capacity - YOU WANT TO BE THERE!  Tickets on sale HERE!

The Gaslamp Fantasy is our Dracula Ball After-Party!  DJ from Dirtybird! Tumbledown House! Performing Artists - YOU WANT TO BE THERE!  Your Dracula Ball ticket includes the Gaslamp Fantasy but if you can only attend Gaslamp - you can buy tickets HERE!
Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden

The Conservatory of Flowers welcomes  Barrel Head Brewhouse  as co-host of our 
Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden on Friday, September 15 at 6:30 pm.

Guests will receive a free Barrel Head brew with admission, meet the artisan brewing team, stroll the Conservatory with a botanical treasure map and then settle in for the light show with music, food and more hops-based elixirs from Barbary Coast!  Tickets are selling fast! Buy now -  Eventbrite page!
Murder at the Conservatory

September - SOLD OUT 

The Conservatory of Flowers becomes the site of a  Victorian Murder Mystery , a series of hand-crafted murders the last Friday of each month. Ti ckets are still available for  October and beyond.

Suspense killing you? 

Plot devilishly to reserve your perch at the Victorian scene-of-the-crime.

Click here for dates and to register.
San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show
The Conservatory is honored to serve as a Cultural Partner to the 
San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show!
SHOW - October 26 - 29
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 - Who were the 27?
Why do we talk about "the 27?"  

You may know by now that the Conservatory of Flowers was originally purchased as a "kit" by philanthropist James Lick, who meant to have it constructed on his property in Santa Clara.  He died before it could be built and a powerful group of 27 businessmen purchased the Conservatory kit and paid to have it constructed in Golden Gate Park.

Who were the 27?  In the months to come, we will share information on our "founders" in a love for history and also to evoke a more modern iteration of the next 27!

Alfred Lovering Tubbs made his fortune in the rope business during the Gold Rush and traveled widely in Napa.  He purchased 254 acres of land just north of Calistoga in 1882 and planted vines.  By 1896 Chateau Montelena was the 7th largest winery in Napa Valley!

See a short video about Alfred HERE on the Chateau Montelena website!

What's in Bloom?
The Bat Flower prepares for Dracula's arrival at the Dracula Ball!