Mission: To provide support, advocacy, and stewardship for
The Conservatory of Flowers
- Steven has been a fan of the Conservatory since his first visit at the age of 13. He is currently Department Chair of the Environmental Horticulture/Floristry Department at City College of San Francisco. Steven is pleased to support and serve on the Advisory Council.
- Davis is a principal with Living Green Plantscape Design (www.livinggreen.com). Living Green has been creating notable gardens throughout the Bay Area and beyond for over 30 years, and has built solid relationships with landscape contractors, arborists, masons and irrigation specialists. Palms are of particular interest to Davis and he is always on the lookout for interesting specimens for the Palm Court.
- Barbara is a retired elementary school principal and now an active volunteer with the Outdoor Art Club in Mill Valley and the Marin Master Gardeners. She enjoys serving on the Conservatory Advisory Council and consulting with the education team.
- Jason is a horticulturalist and palm expert at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco's Bayview District. A former member of the California Horticultural Society Council, he is a longtime volunteer and consultant for the Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. He has written for Garden Design magazine.
- Judy originally volunteered as a docent to lead tours of the COF and provides valuable visitor input to ensure we meet and exceed our visitors expectations. She thoroughly enjoys leading our visitors on a world wide trip through the tropics where she introduces them to our very special plants, unusual pots, the history of the COF and the Special Exhibits Gallery, which always brings out the smiles whether it be the butterflies, carnivorous plants (CHOMP), the trains or all the edible plants currently being exhibited.
- Deb has a long history of spearheading successful fundraising and strategic planning campaigns, and has offered to assist the Conservatory in these areas.
Pat Hanson Thompson
- Pat is an active community volunteer as a member of the San Francisco Garden Club, Bouquets to Art, de Young Museum Auxiliary and the Bouquets to Art committee.
- Lola has been a member of the San Francisco Garden Club for a very long time. She considers it part of the Garden Club’s mission to act as a guardian of the Conservatory.
- Saxon Holt is a garden photographer and owner of the PhotoBotanic garden library. (http://www.saxonholt.com). Saxon assists the Conservatory in many ways, including advising staff on media issues.
- Jean Lee has been a dedicated supporter of the Conservatory as President of the San Francisco Orchid Society for 12 years, on the Conservatory Committee of the San Francisco Garden Club, and a member of the Conservatory Foundation. She also worked as volunteer. Jean maintained the cool-growing orchid collection for six months during the Director’s sabbatical and was working in the greenhouse during the Loma Prieta earthquake.
- "My association with the Conservatory of Flowers began when I was a little girl and our family would visit the Conservatory quite often. Over the years I would bring my children to visit and now I am blessed to bring my grandchildren for a visit. They loved the butterfly and train exhibit. It such a special place in our hearts." -Terry Nevin
- "I have always enjoyed my many visits to the Conservatory of Flowers before its closing from the storm in 1995. I was privileged to become a docent at the Conservatory when it reopened in 2003 so that I can share my love of plants, this beautiful building and the marvelous display of tropical plants with our visitors" -Ernie Ng
- General Manager & Executive Vice President of the San Francisco Flower Mart, representing growers, wholesalers & retailers in the floricultural industry.
Betty Packard Voris
- Betty is a longtime journalist who, among other duties, currently edits the San Francisco Garden Club newsletter. She has been chair of the San Francisco Ballot Simplification Committee for the past 10 years and on its committee since 1997. A long-time supporter of the Conservatory, she has continually served as a member of the Gala committee.
- Bruce Rogers has been in the orchid business for over 25 years. He is the owner of Bruce Rogers Orchids (www.brucerogersorchids.com) and co-owner of OzGardens (www.ozgardens.com). Bruce acts as a consultant for the Conservatory's extensive orchid collection and assists with fundraising.
- Holly comes to the field of landscape architecture with an extensive background in the natural sciences. Having received her Master in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley, Holly approaches design as an exercise in encouraging cultural and social health while promoting ecological systems and wise resource use. Her work managing aquatic and riparian habitat restoration for the Colorado River Indian Tribes is emblematic of the imaginative problem solving she employs for each project. Ms. Selvig specializes in habitat restoration, master planning, brownfield redevelopment, public park design, learning landscapes, and climate appropriate planting design.
- Nancy Stoltz is an architect and planner with a practice focused on historic preservation. She consults on a wide range of historic preservation and restoration projects and served as a member of the FEMA team that evaluated the plans to restore the Conservatory in 1999. She is working toward adoption of a maintenance plan for the Conservatory to help ensure that this unique building will continue to provide shelter and delight for all its occupants, the rooted and the rootless.
Colette Weil Parrinello
- Colette is managing director of the independent consulting firm Summit Marketing (www.summitmktg.com). Her passion is to share the wonder and beauty of Golden Gate Park. She’s an avid runner, nature-lover and hiker. Colette assists the Conservatory by advising on marketing strategies, ideas, fundraising and tactics. She was honored to be the co-chair of the Conservatory’s First Golden Gate Express Garden Railway fundraising Gala, in 2008.