After years of planning and fundraising, as well as months of construction and planting, RSBG unveiled the new Rutherford Conservatory on Saturday, September 25, 2010, the latest addition to our multi-featured, research, display and education garden.
The Rutherford Conservatory, named in honor of the late Francis C. Rutherford, long-time RSBG member and vireya enthusiast, is the first public conservatory built on the West Coast in recent history. This five-thousand-square-foot facility features an exquisite collection of the tropical species of rhododendrons called vireyas, as well as many companion plants including orchids and tree ferns. Learn more about our tropical rhodododendrons.
View hundreds of these tropical beauties set alongside waterfalls, a splashing stream, and towering boulders. There are colorful, often fragrant flowers on display every day of the year in the Conservatory so anytime is a great time to visit! The outdoor paved terrace is a popular venue for weddings and events.