May 20

The Conservatory of Flowers San Francisco is a Victorian confection of wood and glass which was opened in 1879. It is is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park and one of San Francisco’s most beloved landmarks. There are around 1,700 species of aquatic and tropical plants and some rare plants, including a 100-year-old giant Imperial philodendron, a world-renowned collection of orchids, giant water lilies, and carnivorous plants.

Special exhibits have included such popular favorites as the Butterfly Zone and the miniature garden railroad. The building is situated in Conservatory Valley, where intricately designed flowerbeds bloom from January through September. Palm trees along the stairs leading to the Conservatory provide an elegant frame for the central dome.

Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday (10am – 4:30pm) with the last entry admitted at 4:00pm. Although open on major holidays, the Conservatory is closed on Mondays.

Admission: Adults: $7.00, Seniors: $5.00, Students w/ I.D:$5.00, Youth 12-17: $5.00, Children 5-11: $2.00. On the first Tuesday of every month, the Conservatory of Flowers San Francisco opens its doors for all at no charge.

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