Dave travels to San Francisco to visit the Conservatory of Flowers which has been one of the most loved and visited landmarks of San Francisco since it opened in 1879. Following a disastrous windstorm in 1995, the Conservatory underwent a massive restoration of both its structure and plant collections. Again open to the public, the Conservatory delights and educates visitors with five galleries of plants and displays including Lowland Tropics, Highland Tropics, Aquatic Plants, Potted Plants and temporary exhibits.
In this episode, Dave also learns about helping neighborhoods and the environment one tree at a time with Friends of the Urban Forest. Urban trees do more than just make streets look pretty, they help reduce storm rain runoff, urban heat island effect, noise pollution, air pollution and provide food for birds and butterflies. Friends of the Urban Forest helps to bring together groups of neighbors to plant trees on city streets. Their unique approach encourages full public participation from planting, to tree care and responsibility. They encourage bio-diversity on streets by planting a wide mixture of trees well suited for the microclimate of each district.
Dave's favorites in this episode include: Teucrium, Alyogone, Agonis and Black Bears.