A Trip to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers…

Today, I got to feel the warmth of the sun. I think we reached about 70° F and expect the same for tommorrow. I have the day off from work and drove (with the windows open) to San Francisco to go to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. They have free admission every first Tuesday of the month, so I thought I would take advantage of it.

It was my first time there (believe it or not) and I was surprised at all the plants they had. Mostly heat loving plants, like palms, orchids, tropical plants and aquatic plants. It was definitely humid in there and I was glad that I didn’t bring a jacket.

There was a special orchid exhibition, so I got to see and photograph all different kinds. One that really stood out for me was a blue cymbidium hybrid. I also saw some plants that I’ve only seen in photos, like the fruits of a banana, an actual coffee bean, a pitcher plant (which was really trippy), rice plants growing along with the aquatics and some variegated banana and palm.

I was glad I took the time to go, maybe next month, I’ll take my Mom, so she can experience it too. She was awed by all the orchid photos and surprised of the ones growing in trees; I guess she’s never seen that. A lot of the plants reminded her of the Philippines. She kept on saying that they had that plant there.

Of course… photos to come.

  • oooooh sounds like a great trip!

    I’ve got 2 pitcher plants, so far I haven’t killed them. heh. No pitchers on them right now though.

    • Do they need a lot of light? Where do you have them located? Inquiry minds want to know :)

      • They need bright but not direct light. I keep them hanging out on the front porch. Since it’s been so warm here I’ve only brought them inside twice when there was threat of low low temps a couple of nights. So far they’re doing great. They produced new pitchers in the fall right before the cool weather hit, so I hope that they’ll put out new ones this spring.