Friday, June 24, 2011

Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park and a Note for Elizabeth at Gossamer Wings

My last post should have asked "where in the world was I  since we're already back home and basking in the memories of our trip to the beautiful Bay area.

One of the highlights was a visit to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.  Built in 1878, the elaborate Victorian-style greenhouse withstood the 1906 earthquake relatively unscathed.  It's wooden structure did fall prey to the elements and it was deemed unsafe and closed in 1933.  There were several unsuccessful rehab efforts but the hurricane winds during the winter of 1995-1996 caused great damage.  In the late 1990s, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, through First Lady Hillary Clinton's Millennium Council Projects, adopted the Conservatory and aided in it's restoration.  The Conservatory was completely dismantled and each wooden piece examined and treated so that as much of the original structure as possible could be reused.  Today it sits,  majestic and beautiful, on a slight slope in the park.

The Conservatory houses over 1700 rare high-altitude orchids.  Here are a few.

Note to Elizabeth:  I cannot comment on your blog.  This has been going on for awhile now and I thought it might correct itself.  I don't have that problem on any other blog.  Also, please e-mail me so I'll have your e-mail address.  My e-mail is on my comment page.


  1. In looking at it, I can't imagine how long and hard that reconstruction was! What a story! Love the orchids.

  2. Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous building! But more remarkable are the orchids...just beautiful!

  3. Hi Bonnie, I don't know what could be the problem with the comment section. My daughter said it could be a "Cookie" problem in your computer? I'm worried now, because I am having a giveaway and for some reason, I'm not getting as many comments as I would like.

    My e-mail is

  4. Isn't it lovely there? The orchids are fabulous!

  5. What a pretty place! I remember seeing it when we were in San Francisco but we never stopped to visit.

  6. Your pictures are lovely. I visited the Conservatory years ago, probably before the hurricane damage in the mid 90s. Glad to hear it's being maintained.

  7. Wow - so beautiful! Thanks for sharing:)

  8. Loved this because I am into orchids; they have to be the most beautiful and complex flowers ever.

  9. The culprit was snakeroot.She actually died from eating meat or drinking milk from cows that had eaten snakeroot. It caused a most unpleasant and fatal illness called the milk sickness. It was a really serious problem for pioneers and homesteaders.

  10. I love Victorian architecture and orchids!


  11. These pictures are breathtaking, and I hope I get to see this building some day.

    I've never been to San Fransisco, but this will be on my list. Thanks - what a surprise on a lovely food blog :)

    Erika K

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