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Plantgasm - I love plants too much. By Derek Powazek.

A Visit to the SF Conservatory of Flowers

The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is the crown jewel of botanical San Francisco. For over a hundred years, it has housed some of the most exotic plants anywhere. It’s been burned down, smashed by storms, and abandoned more than once. In 1998 it was placed on the “100 Most Endangered World Monuments” list by the World Monuments Fund.

But now it’s thriving. So when my dad came to visit this weekend, it was our first stop (my plant lust his mostly his fault anyway). We had a great time wandering through the warm jungle on a cold, rainy day.

Medinilla MyrianthaEvery time I visit the Conservatory, I come home with another plant I want to buy. Last time I came back in love with jewel orchids, which I later bought and now live in a glass cloche.

This time I became enamored with Medinilla Myriantha, a Malaysian Orchid that’s gigantic compared to most greenhouse orchids, with clusters of elaborate pink flowers that look like a bunch of grapes. When I got home, I found one on eBay and bought it immediately. We’ll see if I can keep it alive in the house.

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