This unique greenhouse and botanical garden is located within Golden Gate Park and houses a wide variety of rare and exotic plants. Originally built in 1878, it's the oldest structure in the park, and was one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the United States. Today, it's the only remaining wooden municipal conservatory in the country still in operation. For its historical significance, it's listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historic Places. It's also a California Historical Landmark and San Francisco Designated Landmark.
Take a look around in the video below:
The Conservatory of Flowers is more than just a piece of living history; it's a vibrant, living conservation project aimed at connecting people with plants and the ecosystems around them. A core part of the conservatory's vision is to "heighten awareness of a pressing need to preserve threatened rainforest environments, making manifest the interconnectedness of all life." In support of this mission, the Conservatory offers educational programs aimed at the general public, including guided tours for third through fifth-grade classes, and self-guided tours for all K–12 classes.
Before visiting the Conservatory, it's a good idea to check the website to see which plants are currently in bloom. The collection includes diverse aquatic plants, as well as plants from the highland and lowland tropics and an exciting array of potted plants. Tap the link below to see what's in bloom at the conservatory today.
Cover image: "Conservatory of Flowers From a Bed of Dahlias" by www78 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.