Built in 1879, the Conservatory of Flowers is a national, state and local landmark located at the entrance of the world-renowned Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The Conservatory curates an endless parade of rare and unusual flowers for display, aiming to transport visitors to a faraway place where those plants grow in their native ranges. Five distinct galleries focus on highlighting a different ecosystem, ranging from the dense tropical rainforests of Sumatra to the cloud forests of Ecuador and beyond. In this presentation, Director Matthew Stephens brings the Conservatory of Flowers to you — highlighting some of their rarest and most special plants, both big and small, and offering a brief overview of the building’s history as a national landmark. Specifically, he will highlight the Conservatory’s award-winning orchid collection, given orchids are one of the most diverse genera on Earth.