San Francisco Surrealistic Summer Solstice 2017 concert at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.
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A medley of musical songs that hearken back to the 1960’s with a light show projected onto the conservatory of flowers.
adapted from SF Park and Rec Page
A “Victorian confection” of wood and glass, the Conservatory of Flowers opened in 1879 and is the oldest building in Golden Gate Park. It houses some 1,700 species of aquatic and tropical plants, many of them rare, including a 100-year-old giant Imperial philodendron, a world-renowned collection of orchids, giant water lilies, and carnivorous plants.
The Conservatory of Flower was imagined by eccentric SF millionaire James Lick (the wealthiest man in California at the time of his death), who ordered the prefabricated building but never had it erected. He died in 1876, with the prefab greenhouse still in crates. In 1878, several prominent San Francisco businessmen bought the kit and donated it to the city for construction in Golden Gate Park. The Conservatory was an immediate success, becoming one of the park’s most popular attractions. In 1883 the building’s dome was replaced with a slightly taller one after a fire destroyed the original. The Conservatory suffered no serious damage from the 1906 earthquake.