Sunday, August 29, 2010

Conservatory of Flowers

Today I went, for the first time in 20 something years of living in San Francisco, to the Conservatory of Flowers.  There are still things here in the city and the Bay Area that I have not seen.  This is a place to visit in the winter when the Poinsettias will be in bloom.
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There were lots of people enjoying the weather outside, lots of families having fun. The Conservatory of Flowers is a large botanical greenhouse in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, constructed in 1878. It houses an important collection of exotic plants. It is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park and the oldest municipal wooden conservatory remaining in the United States. It is also one of the first municipal conservatories constructed in the country. For these distinctions and for its associated historical, architectural, and engineering merits, the Conservatory of Flowers is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the California Register of Historic Places, is a California Historical Landmark, and a San Francisco Designated Landmark.

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The Conservatory of Flowers is an elaborate Victorian greenhouse with a central dome rising nearly 60 feet (18 m) high and arch-shaped wings extending from it for an overall length of 240 feet (73 m). It sits atop a gentle slope overlooking Conservatory Valley. The structural members are articulated through one predominant form, a four-centered or Tudor arch.

Inside is a beautiful place full of flowers from the tropics of all kinds. This place is definitely amazing and you have to come and visit more than once.
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Before we went to the Dahlias outside we went to the potted plants area where some local students and artisans were playing with paint and canvas.

This what you see here is the Dahlias' Garden where you can find all kinds of Dahlias
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You will also find the busy bee working their wings off taking care of us.

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  I hope you enjoy the little vacation in photos, this was a perfect day, thanks for stopping by.

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