Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Conservatory of Flowers is a greenhouse and botanical garden that houses a collection of rare and exotic plants in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. With construction having been completed in 1879, it is the oldest building in the park. It was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the United States and is the oldest remaining municipal wooden conservatory in the country. For these distinctions and for its associated historical, architectural, and engineering merits, the Conservatory of Flowers is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historical Places. It is a California Historical Landmark and a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

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  • Beautiful! If you like flowers this is a must do, if you love flowers you can’t miss these beautiful gardens. The day we visited there was a light rain but we still spent an hour or so walking around....  more »
  • The first thing we appreciated about this conservatory was its warmth. After walking around in foggy mist for most of the morning we needed a warm-up. But after that it was all plants and flowers...  more »
  • We took the bus from our downtown hotel. Buses are super easy. The flowers we found at the end of the short walk from the bus stop were wonderful. There is a large enclosure with all of the Dahlias you could ever imagine and so beautifully arranged. Then there is the white building (which we did not have time to go in). But it did look beautiful with the Dahlias and the other area of organized garden and lawn in front of the building. There were people relaxing in the lawn and families playing under all of the trees. So relaxing!!
  • Was just strolling through the park today and came across this stunning building. As we approached we saw a team of about x12 gardeners tending to the exterior plants and displays. It’s immaculate. It was a pretty hot day so you may wonder why we might want to go to a giant hot green house (!). We were on vacation and it was only $9 for adults & $7 for children. In the entrance area was a nice guy who was genuinely interested in where we were from. We went inside and were blown away with the beauty - from the decorative floor to the stunning foliage, pitcher plants, established fountains etc. In the right hand room was a tropical rain forest with a fine mist every other x5 mins to keep all the exotic plants nicely coated. In the far left hand room there was a nice lady volunteer that offered us to do plant rubbings on flattened plants which kids were enjoying taking part. There are some small fish. The only thing that we felt was missing were butterflies. You will probably spend between half hour to an hour in here unless you have a strong interest in certain plants. There were students being instructed on how to draw the plants and foliage. We didn’t learn an awful lot - but it’s great for s little wander on your visit to the foggy city. Felt good to support their work. Pics attached.

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