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Saturday, August 19th - Satuday, August 26th, 2017
Please join us for a Water Wise Week at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Water Wise Week is week long series of events focusing on Xeriscaping and Hydrophobic Plants.
Saturday August 19th through 26th
An art show featuring Oil and Sumi paintings by NW artist Sheila M. Scott. In the Conservatory's Cactus House.
Artist Reception and Open House
Saturday August 19th 6-9pm
Meet the artist and enjoy a summer evening viewing art in the Conservatory.
Dish Garden Workshop
Sunday August 20th
Hosted by the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society of Washington
2 sessions available, 11am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 3pm
Plants and materials included.
$20 members $25 non-members
Tickets available at Eventbrite
"Water Smart Gardening" A Lecture
Wednesday August 23rd 6-9pm
A lecture by local garden designer and author Jessi Bloom. Reception beforehand (6-7:30PM)
Nurseryman Ian Barclay from The Desert Northwest will provide plants for sale suitable to the dry garden.
$20 members $25 Non-members
Register and purchase advance tickets at Eventbrite
Garden Party and Silent Auction
Saturday August 26th 6-9pm
An evening of Fundraising in support of the Conservatory. Among the items being auctioned will be the painting 'Arizona Afternoon' featured artwork by Sheila Scott!
Come help support your Conservatory and enjoy refreshments and the music from the Evan Captain Jazz Trio.
$20 members $25 non-members
Funds raised from Water Wise Week will benefit Friends of the Conservatory and the Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Fall Plant Sale
Saturday, September 9th, August 26th, 2017
10am - 3pm
Your second favorite plant sale of the year! (after our Spring plant sale, of course)
At the Friends of the Volunteer Park Conservatory Fall plant Sale, you'll find a wide variety of orchids, cacti, carnivorous plants, tropical plants, and much more.
Open to the public, located behind the Conservatory.
Friends of the Conservatory Members receive 10% discount AND 9:00 AM early bird admission!
We're also looking for a few more volunteers to help with the big day. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to lend a helpful hand. :)
About the Conservatory and the Friends
The Conservatory, a Victorian greenhouse modeled on London's Crystal Palace, stands at the north end of Volunteer Park, designed by the Olmsted brothers, in Seattle's north Capitol Hill neighborhood. Professional horticulturists with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation care for the Conservatory's collections, including bromeliads, palms, ferns, cacti, and seasonal display plants.
As a registered US Fish and Wildlife repository for confiscated plants, the Conservatory also acquires, quarantines, and later displays restricted orchids, cycads, and other plants seized by USFW agents.
The Friends of the Conservatory, formed as a non-profit organization in 1980, grew out of a 1978 citizens' campaign to restore the physical structure of the Conservatory. The Victorian glass building had stood for 65 years at the north end of Volunteer Park, the site approved by the renowned Olmsted brothers' landscape architecture firm in the early 1900's. By 1978 the Conservatory's glass panes and wood/iron framework had deteriorated so badly the building had to be closed during high winds.
The FOC, cooperating with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, sponsored the 1980 - 1985 architectural restoration of the Conservatory building. In 1983 the FOC and the City developed a Conservatory expansion plan. The Gift Shop/Resource Center opened in February, 2003. Most recently, the FoC has brought a series of events and fundraisers to the Conservatory, highlighting local artists, and musicians.
From its beginning as an emergency restorer, the FOC has continued to evolve, helping the Conservatory fulfill many facets of its mission, including financial, educational, and events support. The FOC helps fund the Conservatory's orchid collection, pays for descriptive tour materials and environmental education, and contributes to the Plant Acquisition Fund.
Together with Conservatory staff, the FOC also organizes educational activities and classes as well as hosting events, such as the popular annual holiday open house and the semi-annual plant sales in May and September.