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.