Because plants have long been jealous of our ability to live indoors, they attempt to infiltrate our finest mansions and universities by slowly climbing stony facades. Visit a place built specifically to contain these floral invaders with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a ticket for two people (up to a $14 value), or for $24, you get a one-year family membership (a $50 value) at the Conservatory of Flowers, located on the east side of Golden Gate Park.
The Conservatory of Flowers is a veritable Emerald City of juicy, verdant plant life. Swathed in a perpetually tropical greenhouse with historic wood-and-glass Victorian architecture, this botanic garden is brimming with everything from lowland and highland tropics to special exhibits such as Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants, which features a bevy of Little Shop–inspiring Venus flytraps, Asian pitcher plants, and more. With today's deal, you and a pod-person pal can take one tour of the mini jungle, or you can opt for a full family membership for multiple returns. Membership comes with a number of beneficial benefits, including:
- Unlimited admission for two adults and two children, including special exhibits
- Admission for two to an annual members-only event
- One-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine
- Discounts on other select special events
- 10% discount at the gift shop
- Special admission privileges at more than 250 associated horticultural organizations across the vast bounty of North America
Whether you're a fan of breathing oxygen made by plants or a student of spells wishing to take a look at the plants in the potions that make children love hot dogs, a trip to the Conservatory of Flowers will bring beautiful sights and vivid colors to your eyeballs, as well as plant-based knowledge and a deeper appreciation for our fragile environment to your brain.
The family membership is only available to new members.
The Conservatory of Flowers has gotten a lot of press, including features in the Chronicle and the Examiner. More than 180 Yelpers give them an average rating of 4.5 stars, and seven Insider Pagers give them a five-star average:
- The Conservatory of Flowers is well known for its tropical plant collection, and its newest show “Edible Expeditions” doesn’t stray far from the jungle. – Christina Troup, Examiner
- It is amazing that such a tranquil place is in the middle of one of the busiest cities I the world. – G W., Insider Pages
- I often visit to get away from all the stresses of dailty [sic] life. – Carol Q., Insider Pages
Conservatory of Flowers
Planted between mighty palms in Golden Gate Park is the oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The gleaming white Victorian structure has survived several boiler explosions, closure during World War II, and more than two decades of renovations. In 1998, it was deemed an endangered building—but it was quickly adopted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and completely rehabilitated by 2003. This 135-year-old structure is home to the Conservatory of Flowers, a National Historic Landmark that connects visitors year-round with the exotic flora of the world's tropical regions.
The Conservatory houses five main galleries. In the Aquatic Plants Gallery, cascading water gurgles into pools beneath a glass-and-metal sculpture of a six-foot Victoria amazonica water lily. The mist-filled Highland Gallery mimics the high-altitude forests of tropical mountaintops with clusters of orchids and ferns. Showcasing another side of the tropics, the rainy Lowland Gallery replicates lush jungles, housing a 100-year-old imperial philodendron and several cycads, which date to the days when most dinosaurs were just tiny salamanders. The Potted Plants gallery incorporates man-made works such as copper planters from India, ceramic pots from Burkina Faso, and an urn from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. An additional rotating Special Exhibits Gallery features two different educational exhibits per year.
Golden Gate Park
100 John F Kennedy Dr.
San Francisco, California 94117Get Directions