Botanical Gardens

San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers: Glorious, Historic Greenhouse

Potted Plants Gallery © Alice Joyce

A detailed restoration true to the roots of its historic architecture sets apart the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, a glorious structure standing as the country’s oldest public glass and wood greenhouse. You’ll doubtless find it easy to spend hours roaming through the Lowland Tropics and Highland Tropics rooms teeming with rarities both towering and tiny. Tropical specimens in the moist environs of the lowland gallery include a 100 year-old philodendron and ‘economic’ plants

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Green Roofs/Vertical Gardens

Vertical Gardens Revisited

Athenaeum Blanc Vertical Garden detail Photo © Alice Joyce

While in London this Spring I revisited the Vertical Garden created by Patrick Blanc for the Athenaeum Hotel, Piccadilly. Last year when I photographed Blanc’s green wall the garden had been installed about one year. The growth was noticeably more lush since 12 months had passed. During Patrick’s visit to San Francisco earlier this year, to herald the planting of his Vertical Garden for the new Drew School Samuel Cuddeback Assembly Wing building .. the artist/botanist’s sketch for the project was on display.

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Green Roofs/Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc Vertical Garden - San Francisco's Drew School

Patrick Blanc Feb 2011 - Photo © Alice Joyce

Patrick Blanc has designed the newest San Francisco landmark: a Vertical Garden : Mur Vegetal, for The Drew School. This major green wall project in noteworthy for its use of California native plant species, The new Assembly Wing building addition to Drew School is designed by project architects: ROMA Design, to feature a Living Roof by Rana Creek.

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