Light floods the interior of the Conservatory, trimmed in salvaged old growth redwood. A custom ringed chandelier is an unforgettable signature element. The solid wood wall in the interior used to lead to the east wing of the Conservatory, demolished in 1978 when a permit was given in error. The Conservatory is officially San Francisco Historical Landmark #78.
Here’s a one-minute video featuring the interior of the Conservatory on Grand Re-Opening Day (to view on a mobile device, … Read More
The days are beginning to lengthen and it’s a great time to visit the Conservatory and grounds. Many new plants have been added to the garden in the last several months.
Historic Chilean wine, Canary Island date, and Chinese windmill palms grace the exquisite Conservatory Garden. Jason Dewees of the Palm Broker @ Flora Grubb wrote a wonderful blog post about the Conservatory’s historic palm grove.
Shout-outs are in order to principal guardian angels of the Garden. San Francisco’s own … Read More
The. Best. Celebration. Ever. 5 years in our restored Conservatory. Thank you Teresa Tudury for bringing your singular irreverent talent and full-hearted storytelling and voice to share with us once again.
One of the loveliest surprises of the restoration: the gorgeous acoustics! Listen to one of our past concerts. Our celebration was: Friday, March 6, 2015, 7 pm with Teresa Tudury. Teresa was so fabulous the first time around that we couldn’t imagine having our big shindig without her. We’re … Read More
Our most recent workday was Saturday, December 6, 2014: 9 am – 12 noon. Come out and show the Conservatory some TLC. Under supervision of RPD gardeners. Thanks to loyal Friend Sally Ross for keeping an eye on the weeds and coordinating workdays. Refreshments Served.
Plant Signage is coming to the Conservatory in 2014! Now when you spy a favorite plant in the Conservatory garden, you will be able to identify it right then and there. Thanks again for Sally … Read More
Soon after the Friends organized, neighbor Roger Pacheco told us he had been given the old finial for safe keeping some twenty years ago when the Conservatory underwent a much smaller set of stabilization repairs. He had been using it as a doorstop in his garage. We were able to have the old finial replicated in new wood and covered in copper. A brave man scaled the exterior and gently set the new finial in place in October 2009.… Read More
Past Februarys, we invited guests to “show your sweetie(s) some love.” Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2012.
Note New Time this Year: 2 pm-4 pm. Rain or Shine.
The Valentine Card Party–the first community event held in the restored Conservatory–is now in its 3rd year. Like the Upcycled Holiday Card Party, we will have lots of examples and inspiration for making handmade cards using recycled, found, salvage, and everyday materials, along with some cardstock, punches, and other materials. Check out the … Read More