Visiting San Francisco anytime soon? Be sure to add the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers to your “must see” list.
At this time of year, a visit to a glass house is just the ticket. Warm, moist air and tropical colors become your setting as you travel through the wood and glass structure, believed to be the oldest wood and glass conservatory in the United States.
Where It’s At
The Conservatory is located within Golden Gate Park, adjacent to the Koret Playground and San Francisco Botanical Garden. Find out about hours and admission fees, as well as general information and maps, on the Conservatory website link .
Water Lily Pond
One of the spectacular displays you’ll find here is the water lily pond, which is about 15 feet in diameter.
Although the water lily pond is a show stopper, be sure to look above you to see vast arrays of pitcher plants (nepenthes obscura) on display.
You’ll also find Thunbergia Grandiflora climbing overhead.
Of course, no tropical display would be complete without orchids.
As you walk through these gardens, you’ll feel as if you are wandering a lush jungle. Unlike some public displays, here you’ll find plants repeated like the theme of a work of art.
And with such color and form all around, who would argue that these aren’t Nature’s works of art?
Don’t Forget the Foliage
Foliage can be as beautiful as flowers. Here, ferns show off their stomata in sunlight streaming through the glass.
Colocasia provide tropical-inspired camoflauge.
Caladium foliage looks as if splashed with pink paint.
Are You Inspired to Visit?
Even if time or budget don’t permit the trip, we can all enjoy the beautiful photographs. For more tropical beauty, check out this post from the 2018 Orchidmania! show at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Thanks to contributor W.A. Simon for many of the beautiful close-up photographs in this post, as well as commentary.