from Jason Dewees, The Palm Broker @ Flora Grubb Gardens (November 19, 2009)
Not far from our store, in the Sunnyside neighborhood (near Glen Park), is an extraordinary grove of 100-plus-year-old palms surrounding a historic conservatory-like pavilion. It’s called the Sunnyside Conservatory, and, built in 1898 as a garden structure on a large country estate (before the city engulfed the area), it’s on San Francisco’s list of landmarks.
Most of the palms are Phoenix canariensis, the Canary Island date … Read More
Look to upper portion of the photograph in the distance–about 1/4 of quarter down from the top edge–and see the oldest known image of octagonal Sunnyside Conservatory (with its original two wings). Just to the left of the Conservatory (in this detail) is Merrall’s original home (now 258 Monterey Boulevard). Our thanks to Greg Gaar for sharing this photograph with us.… Read More