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Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

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  • Out-of-this-world flowers that will have you oo-ing and ahh-ing. So many beautiful, frightening and quirky flowers I'd never seen before. Loved the butterfly room. Great place to take kids too.  more »
  • Even if you don't want to pay to visit the awesome conservatory to see the various plants/flowers, you should still pay to see the awesome butterfly room within the conservatory!! A butterfly landed o...  more »
  • The conservatory is the perfect place to bring a green thumb. I brought my parents here and my mom was so overwhelmed with the different varieties of plant life. We were able to see flowers and other ...  more »
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  • . PURPOSE Golden Gate Park's Conservatory of Flowers is a beautiful late Victorian greenhouse that holds within its white painted glass structure, plants from all over the world. . The plants represented inside are fragile and would normally not be found in the Mediterranean climate that prevails in the California Bay area. . One section of the Conservatory is a dense tropical scenario that attacks you with the honey-like thickness of high humidity which is common to such a climate. . Another section of the building that was erected in the late 1800's, ruthlessly soaks up any moisture in the air because it's representative of the desert climates of the world, and hosts plants related to such an arid environment. . SURROUNDINGS As you exit the building, you're faced with a variety of tall trees and thick green shrubbery that make up the horizon. . On the East end of the building is the especially beautiful Dalia Garden that bursts with vibrant colors during the late Spring, Summer and Autumn seasons. . The flower garden out front blooms almost every month of the year, thanks to the mild and comfortable temperatures year round. . Green fields that cover much of the immediate area are perfect for picnics, tossing a Frisbee around and just hanging out in the warm sun. . TUNNEL MUSIC AND OTHER ANTICS The tunnel that allows passage under the street out front of the Conservatory serves as an amplifier to musicians and other artists that may perform. It's common to stumble upon a random Jazz band playing at the other end of the tunnel and who's music bares out the other end. Pretty cool, really.
  • My wife and I held our wedding reception at the Conservatory of Flowers in September and had an exquisite experience. Samantha was our main point of contact and helped ensure that everything went incredibly smoothly. She worked seamlessly with both our wedding coordinator and our caterer to ensure perfect setup and tear down, plus went the extra mile to ensure the finer details were addressed (i.e. setting up the photo booth, providing extra pillows, etc). All of the staff we interacted with truly sought to ensure the day turned out how we envisioned it. Would highly recommend the Conservatory (and Samantha!) as a great venue for a wedding or other occasion.
  • Awesome place to visit. Many rooms with beautiful plants from all different climates. Right now they have a butterfly exhibit that is fun to go into and see. All very much worth the price of admission.
  • No place like this Conservatory. I was here two years ago and the visit brought back memories of 1968 when I visited for the first time. Flowers, plants living environments that take ones breath away. The structure a classic Victorian greenhouse is beyond compare. I truly loved this site and hope one day to take my children to visit.
  • Great little stop in Golden Gate park. The butterfly pavilion was the highlight.