Gala Under Glass

Gala Under Glass at the historic Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park celebrated the opening of its newest exhibit The Wild Bunch: Succulents, Cacti & Fat Plants, on Cinqo de Mayo. The Renya y su Trio and traditional Mexican dancers provided entertainment for some 200 guests and early arrivers. Food stations from Grace Street Catering, La Bonne Cuisine, 49 Square, Fog Cutter and Nopalito, rounded out the menu. Later, an afterparty drew a new crowd of millennials invited to experience the Victorian greenhouse after dark. They danced the night away to the sounds of DJ Deft.

A gem of Victorian architecture, the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park has captivated guests for more than a century. It is the oldest public wood-and-glass conservatory in North America. The Conservatory remains one of the most photographed and beloved attractions in San Francisco. It is a city, state, and national historic landmark.

Funds raised at Gala Under Glass support the Conservatory’s youth education programs, greenhouse preservation, and plant acquisitions.

Scenes from Conservatory of Flowers’ Gala Under Glass on May 5, 2016:

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography, Shane Estrada and Nina Sazevich

Red Carpet Bay Area salutes the Gala Under Glass Committee:

Honorary Chair: Lonna Wais
Honorary Committee: Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Eric Andersen, Laine Buckingham, Ann Colvin, Loraine and Bert Fulmer, Phil Ginsburg
Steering Committee: Pat Hanson-Thomas, Louisa Heer, Eva Monroe, Martha Woollomes
Event Committee: Steven Brown, Cora Buel, Sharon Collier, Terry Nevin, Sandra Swanson