Conservatory of Flowers

Millions of tourists visit San Francisco every year to see the sights, but since Golden Gate Park is across town from most hotels, a lot of people miss it. That’s a shame, because the park has plenty to see. The Conservatory of Flowers is a stunningly beautiful building, both inside and out. It’s a quick walk from the orchids at another shining jewel of the park, the Academy of Sciences. Built in 1878, the Conservatory is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its design was inspired by the Palm House at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London.

Conservatory of Flowers and gardensConservatory of Flowers entranceConservatory inside view

Among its thousands of rainforest plants spread between 5 exhibits, the Conservatory keeps lots of orchids on display. These Cattleya hybrids added bright colors and sweet scents during a recent visit.

Cattleya hybridCattleya hybridPotinara flowers

Large Vanda flowers bloom in the Aquatic Plants Gallery, where the humidity is always high. The last 2 photos show Phal hybrids with plentiful blooms. In case these shots haven’t yet convinced you to visit Golden Gate Park, I’ll have even more Conservatory photos in another post soon.

Vanda flowersPhalaenopsis flowersPhalaenopsis flowers

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7 Comments on “Conservatory of Flowers”

  1. Dave Says:

    For such an historic building with a large plant collection, the admission fee is very reasonable at only $5 per person!

    You can find hours of operation, a map and directions, and more photos at:

  2. Robin Ng Says:

    Wow! I know that building is glass, but it looks like paper. Thanks for the virtual tour.

  3. Robert Says:

    Thank you! Great blog!

  4. AboutOrchids » Blog Archive » More from the Conservatory of Flowers Says:

    […] here are some additional photos from our trip to San Francisco’s Conservatory of Flowers. […]

  5. Joy Blake Says:

    Thanks for the beautiful photos!

  6. dave88 Says:

    great article

  7. Hanley Says:

    Thank you for the pretty pictures!!!