Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Conservatory of Flowers & Ted the Titan

I was looking forward to going to the Conservatory of Flowers while in San Francisco, but unfortunately, it was closed the day we went to the park. The building is pretty impressive.
It opened to the public in 1879. In 1883 the boiler exploded and the main dome caught fire and was completely destroyed. Funds were donated to rebuild the dome and in 1906 it survived "the" earthquake intact. Actually this building has an amazing history which you can read quickly here. Most notably, in 2005, "Ted the Titan"(Amorphophallus titanum), a corpse flower (because of its smell), attracted more than 16,000 visitors while in bloom (huh?) Well, this floral mammoth is pretty amazing and you can see it here where apparently it bloomed at UC Davis Botanical Conservatory in 2003. There is even a time-lapsed movie of it blooming on the UC Davis website. If you go here there is a good explanation and history of the flower

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