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The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

On the day I visited, it was cold, gray, and wet outside and the welcoming warmth of the interior was very near ecstasy. 

The Conservatory is nestled in one of the greenest parts of Golden Gate Park (but of course, the entire park is amazing!) on an open field with a stunning white building reminiscent of the old Victorian buildings at the turn of the last century.

It has a long and storied past, 140 years in fact, is on the list of historical places, but even more than that, it has some of the most beautiful and unusual plants and flowers I’ve ever witnessed. It’s an encounter with rare, alluring, and endangered plants that have to be seen to be believed.  I could have easily spent the entire day/night/weekend there and not encountered everything.

It’s quiet, serene and so calming, it could easily be a spa.  There’s something here for everyone, even if you’re only a little curious, you should take some time out of your busy schedule and visit, if for no other reason than to experience the astonishing beauty first hand. 

You can visit the Conservatory of Flowers at 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118, (415)831-2090.

Kathleen Messmer

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