Watch out for your dangling jewelry and leave that tiny dog at home!
Come out to see a huge collection of carnivorous plants!
Oh no! They’re back, and they’re more frightfully fun than ever! This summer, the Conservatory of Flowers becomes a Little Shop of Horticultural Horrors with “Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants.” Immerse yourself in a swampy paradise for meat-eating plants like the statuesque white trumpets of the American Southeast, the sinister pitcher plants of Borneo and the glistening sundews of South Africa. The extraordinary beauty and diversity of species on display will dazzle even the most squeamish.
“Chomp 2! Return of the Carnivorous Plants” features expanded displays of these natural born killers with dazzling, new additions like the Dionaea B-52, the world’s largest Venus flytrap with traps up to two inches square, and the aptly named (for a bug, that is) ‘Abandoned Hope,’ a pitcher plant hybrid that can grow up to two feet tall. Visitors can feast their eyes on hundreds of multi-colored, meat-eating plants arranged in swampy, living bogs that showcase species both by their trapping strategies and by their native regions and countries.
Location: 100 John F. Kennedy Drive; San Francisco, CA 94118
415 -831 -2090
Paxton Gate Online!
Bringing the Conservatory of Flowers’ Fly Trap Theater out of Golden Gate Park and into the Mission!
The Fly Trap Theater is a fun presentation by the Conservatory of Flowers’ own knowledgeable and friendly tour guides! Learn why and how carnivorous plants are different from other plants, what areas in the world produce plants that eat bugs, why these plants hunt, and how they attack! Carnivorous plants will be dissected, their trapping mechanisms looked at up close and personally, in order to learn about the different adaptations these creatures use to lure tasty bug dinners into their plant jaws! After uncovering the mysteries of the carnivorous plants in the Fly Trap Theater, we’ll create our own bug and plant puppets replicating traps seen in nature that use gummy slime, sticky stalks, hairy triggers, and dark mazes – or use our imaginations to create totally new carnivorous creatures! – to perform our own CHOMP scenes time and again!
WHEN: July 24, 2010
TIME: 2-4 pm (BUZZ by throughout!)
WHERE: Curiosities for Kids at 766 Valencia, San Francisco, in between 18th and 19th Streets in San Francisco’s Mission District.
Please note: During the course of the Chomp! 2 exhibition, Paxton Gate is offering 15% off plants and gardening supplies at both of their stores with a ticket stub from the Conservatory of Flowers. Also, The Conservatory is offering 2 for 1 entry if you show your Paxton Gate receipt dated during the run of the exhibit! (May 7 – October 31, 2010).