The Conservatory of Flowers is a beautiful Victorian greenhouse that was originally purchased for the estate of eccentric San Jose resident, James Lick. When Lick died in 1876 the unassembled green house was sold to a group of prominent San Franciscans who donated it too the City of San Francisco and erected by the park commission in 1878. It is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park and the oldest municiple wooden conservatory remaining in the US.
Today the conservatory houses over 1,700 plants and, at only $7 a head for adults ($5 if your local or a mini person) it's something I can see myself doing again on a lazy afternoon.
-image via Wikipedia
-Image Via: Wikipedia
Outside, the facade of the white Victorian-era greenhouse is almost blinding in the sun and is surrounded by gently sloping lawns and vibrant flower beds. Once inside you are enveloped in the lush warmth and the soft green light of a thousand plants coexisting a million miles from their natural habitats.
There are four rooms, each designed specifically for certain plants based on their environments. High and Low Land Tropics, Potted Plants, and Aquatic Plants. The Highland Tropics section is particularly notable for its renowned collection of high altitude orchids and the smell when standing in a room filled with delicate, vibrant orchids is something close to heaven.
Well, Happy Birthday, blog. I'm so looking forward to the year ahead.