Thursday, March 14, 2013

Conservatory of Flowers

Visiting the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
was an unexpected DELIGHT.
It was totally unplanned, but when I found I had some time to spare and it was nearby I couldn't resist.
It is just BEAUTIFUL.
The Conservatory opened to the public in 1879.
In 1998 Hilary Clinton with the World Monuments Fund placed the Conservatory
on the list of the 100 most endangered world monuments.
With several closures for renovations and damage repairs it has been open this last time since 2010.
Since 2010 over 1 million people have visited what is now the oldest public glass and wood greenhouse in
the United States.
In my top left photo is the 100 year old imperial philodendron.
The orchids were just spectacular.  I couldn't get enough of them.
What a TREAT to visit here on my birthday celebration trip to San Francisco.


Laurie said...

Now this is a place I would never want to leave! It's so beautiful, how special you found it and were able to spend time inside.

Cathy said...

I have been to this beautiful place and am happy to read that time are money are going into preserving it. What a great place to celebrate your birthday. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities.

Frances Lamparter said...

First time visiting your blog, thank you for the beautiful pictures. I was at Crown and Crumpet Friday March 8 after visiting the Girl with the Pearl Earring exhibit. I live in the Bay Area and wish I got to the city more often. It really is a lovely place to visit. Happy Birthday and thank you again! Frances

Adrienne said...

I absolutely LOVE visiting the Conservatory! It's on my list of favorite places to go with I'm in San Francisco. I love the quiet and the beauty there.

Jeanie said...

You must have been just WILD with all the beauty! It's glorious. What a wonderful way to celebrate! Let the merriment continue!

Steph said...

You are bringing back such fond memories for me from my honeymoon!

Relyn Lawson said...

Oh! That is one of my favorite places of all!

Annie said...

Your backyard greenhouse is a sweet mini-me next to the Conservatory.

Tracy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY belated, Marilyn! What a treat of a place indeed--great place to celebrate you! :o) Just now surfacing after 2 weeks+ I've been down with flu & migraines--slowly mending. Fist chance I've had to post and visit friends. So great to catch up with you. Happy Weekend ((HUGS))

Linda said...

Orchids in an historic glasshouse must have been the most special way to celebrate your birthday.