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Bently Reserve at the Hall of Flowers

November 30th, 2008 By: Doug Hahn

The Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers has created a unique holiday experience that features San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, and the Bently Reserve is a part of it. Miniature trains will wind through a landscape of dwarf plants clustered around the city’s most prominent landmarks in this exhibit. The trains will pass ten replicas of our City’s most famous landmarks, including the Conservatory of Flowers, the Japanese Tea Garden, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Chinatown’s dragon gate, the Transamerica Pyramid building, the Ferry Building, Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square and the Bently Reserve. Surrounding these landmarks are lush landscapes of miniature gardens and parks created with living plants that include dwarf conifers, tiny orchids, and more.

Bently Holdings is especially proud to have our very own Bently Reserve included in this exhibit, as it not only showcases the historical significance of the Bently Reserve, but reflects our City’s environmental efforts. The talented artists of Figureplant, one of San Francisco’s most famous design and fabrication resources, created the intricate models of these buildings from 100% re-used materials. Visitors who look closely will notice, for example, that the Ghirardelli clock tower is tiled with old chocolate brown light switch plates, the Transamerica Pyramid building is studded with nearly 1000 keys from computer boards and Coit Tower features a combination of used plumbing supplies, tape measures and mini blinds.

This focus on sustainability makes this event 100% San Francisco; Conservatory director Brent Dennis says that So much about this says San Francisco. It’s a celebration of the things that make our city unique our architecture, our history, our park and also our creativity and leadership in the environmental movement.

Bently Holdings is a proud member of San Francisco’s vivid history, and we look ahead to becoming a leader in its sustainable future!