The Conservatory in Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
The Conservatory in Golden Gate Park is a magnificent combination of Victorian architecture, and specifically, greenhouse architecture, history, horticulture, preservation of endangered species, and the beauty of American urban park lands. James Lick's imagination and generosity created it and it is up to this generation to see it enhanced and preserved.
This beautiful building is a symbol of Golden Gate Park and almost as famous as the bridge itself. It houses a combination of blooming tropicals growing under a canopy of palms and tree ferns. There is a beautiful orchid display all year round.
Website: The Conservatory at Golden Gate
Volunteer Park Conservatory - Volunteer Park
Volunteer Park was designed by the famous Olmsted brothers, landscape architects and named to honor the volunteers who served in the Spanish-American War. The Conservatory was first proposed in 1893, and completed in 1912. Over the years various plant collections have been built primarily from donated materials.
Bromeliad House - High humidity makes this room a comfortable home for bromeliads. Other highlights include a 40-year-old Fuchsia tree, tree ferns, and Staghorn Ferns.
Fern House - A collection of tropical ferns and other exotics are featured here. Tropical and sub-tropical flowering plants, including Epiphylum hybrids, Gesneriads, and Hibiscus are part of a rotating display.
Palm House - The palm collection features Coco, Date, Oil, and Sago palms. Large banana plants and their allied genera, Strelitzia (Giant Bird of Paradise), Heliconia, and Ginger plants bloom with most interesting flowers. Orchids grace the showcases all year around.
Seasonal Display House - Some of the foliage plants shown here are easily recognized as common house plants. Major floral displays change with the seasons making this greenhouse a year-round highlight.
Cactus House - Springtime in the desert of the Cactus House is especially spectacular. The large Crassula Argentea (Jade Plant) is nearly 100 years old and blooms beautifully November to January.
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