The Volunteer Park Conservatory offers one of Seattle’s only places to go tropical when the weather turns cold and rainy.
Save Friday evening, December 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., when Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Friends of the Conservatory offer a trip to a balmy place where the palms sway, the orchids bloom, and harpist Bill McJohn plays quietly.
This event is the only night of the year the Conservatory, located at 1400 E Galer St. at the north end of Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park, is open after dark, and it’s free to the public. The gift shop will be open. New and current members of the Friends of the Conservatory get a 25% discount on purchases.
The Volunteer Park Conservatory was built in 1912 to propagate and grow flowers and other plants for public display. Since then it has evolved to include five “houses,” each with a specialty collection: The Bromeliad House, the Palm House, the Fern House, the Cactus House, and the Seasonal Display House, which changes seasonally to provide year-round horticultural presentations.
The Friends of the Conservatory, a nonprofit organization, was established in 1980 to advocate for the Volunteer Park Conservatory and its collections, and to encourage public participation and education. For more information on the Friends of the Conservatory, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/volunteerpark/conservatory.htm.
For more information on the Conservatory, please visit the web at http://www.volunteerparkconservatory.org/ and http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/VolunteerPark/conservatory.htm.