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Conservatory of Flowers

  • John F. Kennedy Dr. at Conservatory Dr. Map It
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 01/29/2015

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Whatever you do, be sure to at least drive by the Conservatory of Flowers—it's too darn pretty to miss. The gorgeous, white-framed 1878 glass structure is topped with a 14-ton glass dome. Stepping inside the giant greenhouse is like taking a quick trip to the rain forest, with its earthy smell and humid warmth. The undeniable highlight is the Aquatic Plants section, where lily pads float and carnivorous plants dine on bugs to the sounds of rushing water. On the east

side of the conservatory (to the right as you face the building), cypress, pine, and redwood trees surround the Dahlia Garden, which blooms in summer and fall. Adding to the allure are temporary exhibits such as a past one devoted to prehistoric plants; an annual model-train display punctuated with mini buildings, found objects, and dwarf plants; and a butterfly garden that returns periodically. To the west is the Rhododendron Dell, which contains 850 varieties, more than any other garden in the country. It's a favorite local Mother's Day picnic spot.

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Sight Information


John F. Kennedy Dr. at Conservatory Dr., San Francisco, California, 94118, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8, free 1st Tues. of month
  • Tues.–Sun. 10–4:30
  • No strollers allowed inside

Updated 01/29/2015


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