Wicked Plants Swag–Oh, and the Exhibit, Too.


Wicked tattoo

I spent last week in San Francisco at the opening of the Wicked Plants exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers. They've been working on this thing for over a year, and although I was very eager to help make it happen, in the end my role was pretty minimal:  I supplied some text from the book for signs, gave them a species list and some suggests on how to find some of the more obscure plants, helped get contracts signed, and generally stood by, waiting to see what they'd come up with.

Last week was the big reveal. The day before the show opened, we had TV cameras in throughout the day to get some footage, and then there was a preview night reception for members.

Here's a news segment on the show:


And here are a few photos from opening day:

Collage from Conservatory

But the most exciting thing for me was, of course, the gift shop.  Wicked Plants temporary tattoos!  Beer glasses!  T-shirts!  Shot glasses!  Seeds! 

Gift shop

And yes, they're selling this stuff online as well.  Shop online here, and go here to check out the details on the exhibit, which runs through October.

(Oh, and warning:  The T-shirts run small.  Go up a size.)


  1. The tat is a must, just as a visit to the conservatory.
    This is a wonderfully fun was to spend the day in the park.
    So glad that they had fu with this idea and ran with it.

  2. I can hardly wait until I can arrange time to get to this exhibit! I wonder if my son would be as interested in this exhibit as he would a visit to California Carnivores nursery…

    The TV spot looked good.

    If the Ts run small, I’m likely out of luck, as XXXL is seldom stocked in exhibit gift shops. As it is, every T I buy has to have the neckline altered, so I don’t feel as if I’m being choked. Loathe high necks!

  3. I *really* hope there’s a ratbane tree there. That’s the one plant I’d never heard of before reading the book…understandably so.

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