Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’


A Special Christmas Exhibit You’ve Got to See!

December 19, 2013

Photo by Lauren Brunsvik

Are you looking for something different and special to do with the whole family before Christmas?

Visit The Conservatory of Flowers Special Exhibit in San Francisco and walk among hundreds of stunning butterflies fluttering among an intimate indoor cottage garden with beautiful poinsettias.

There are more than 20 colorful butterfly species, including the Zebra Longwing shown in above photo, and giant moths you won’t want to miss. Take your camera!

Conservatory of Flowers
Golden Gate Park
100 John F. Kennedy Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hours of Operations
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 4:30pm (Last entry is at 4pm).
Monday: Closed, except Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Please note that on Sundays and all major holidays, Golden Gate Park closes many of its roads to all vehicle traffic.
Contact Information:  415-831-2090
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Art, Magnolia and Flowering Plum Trees

February 15, 2012

A recent day trip to de Young Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco not only gave me an opportunity to look upon exclusive paintings by Venice artists from the 1400 and 1500s, but also splashes of spring blooms gracing the de Young courtyard and city sidewalks.

I wish I could share some photos of the collection by Titian, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Mantegna and more, but the museum did not allow cameras with this showing, which ended last Sunday. I can tell you that it was an awesome feeling to stand before the works of artists from the Renaissance-era, paintings 500-plus-years-old.

As if the renaissance collection of Venice wasn’t enough, this beautiful oil on canvas, Tulip Culture, 1889, by George Hitchcock (1850-1913) made my day. (The museum permitted cameras in this area of the gallery and my artist and master gardener friend, Em Rojas, took this photograph.) I would love to be the woman in this painting!

Leaving de Young Museum, what a treat it was to walk through the courtyard with budding Magnolia (Magnoliaceae) trees and along the sidewalk under the flowering plum blossoms—a perfect ending to a fun day in the city with renaissance artists, a splash of spring, and great company.

FYI:  San Francisco Botanical Garden’s rare and historic magnolia collection is now blooming! A much-anticipated, not-to-be-missed event, the show goes on from mid-February to mid-March, though some start blooming in late December and last into May.–S.F. Botanical Garden

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