BOOM TOWN BARBARY COAST

@ the Conservatory of Flowers

November 16, 2012 - April 14, 2013.

It is always such a delight to go to the Conservatory of Flowers: you enter the greenhouse as if you went on board of a machine to travel through different times, surrounded with lush and luxuriant plants and enchanted by their emanations.

 

 

And there we are again! We could not help but being pretty lyrical That's the way it is. We love this place, no matter what!

 

 

 

Recently, at the Conservatory of Flowers, we definitely enjoyed Playland at the Beach ou encore Plantosaurus Rex.

 

 

 

 

Since November 16, you can discover Boomtown Barbary Coast, the 5th annual Garden Railway Exhibit proposed by the Conservatory of Flowers. 

 

 

A bit of history, very shortly... 

 

There was a time (actually not so long ago), San Francisco attracted a wide colorful crowd seeking for gold. Ok, that you knew already! In 1849, among a population of about 25000 people, one could count only around 300 women! They must have known what loneliness meant!

 

The massive hordes of men (sailors, treasure hunters, gold seekers, miners...) arriving in San Francisco became quite naturally the customers of Barbary Coast neighborhood where other smart guys found bright ideas to get the gold nuggets out of their pockets: gold digger, a multi-faceted job and talent! 

 

The Barbary Coast was a district in old San Francisco, geographically located within nine blocks bounded by Montgomery Street, Washington Street, Stockton Street, and Broadway. ). It was renowned for gambling, prostitution, crime of many kinds. 

 

 

Obviously, you feel like the theme is not particularly appropriate for a family friendly exhibition. On the contrary! The Conservatory of Flowers has such a knack to tell you about our dear city's history through playful, animated and green stagings.

 

Kids (and you also) will love "the model trains whizzing through an enchanting display landscaped with hundreds of dwarf plants and several water features, chugging their way along miniature docks crowded with replicas of the clipper ships that brought fortune seekers to California, then zipping past whimsical recreations of the city’s most important landmarks of the day, including Portsmouth Square, Chinatown’s Waverly Place, and Maiden Lane".

 

 

 

 

Boom Town: Barbary Coast

at the Conservatory of Flowers

November 16, 2012 - April 14, 2013.

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