Visiting a conservatory can astound you with how many plants there are in the world and how few of them taste like candy. Feed your other senses with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $19 for a one-year individual membership (a $40 value)
- $29 for a one-year family membership for two adults and two children (a $60 value)
- $125 for a one-year Begonia Guild membership for two adults and two children, including four guest passes and an autographed copy of Treasures of the Conservatory of Flowers by Nina Sazevich (a $250 value)
Along with unlimited admission, members also receive access to perks such as gift-shop and event discounts and free admission to 300 other gardens through the American Horticultural Society. The Conservatory of Flowers currently features a special Butterflies and Blooms exhibit, featuring hundreds of live butterflies as they fill the air around the exhibit; open through 10/20/13.
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.