Three chances to join us for our most popular workshop of the year!

Class will start with a demonstration of making a wreath and then helping students construct their own wreaths. There will also be a short session on making bows to fit the wreath.

Students will be supplied with wreath frames, wire, assorted greens and accent cuttings, ribbon for bows and some ornaments. Ornaments and ribbon can be brought by students to fit their own decor. Gloves will be available to borrow, but feel free to bring your own.

What to bring with you: Ornaments, decorations or greenery of your own that you want to incorporate into the wreath.

Saturday, November 16
11:00am – 1:00pm
General Admission $40 | FOC Members $30
Instructor Gayle Macy
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Sunday, December 1
12:00 – 2:00pm
General Admission $40 | FOC Members $30
Instructor Ann Anderson

Saturday, December 14
11:00am – 1:00pm
General Admission $40 | FOC Members $30
Instructor Gayle Macy

Gayle Macy, the new Treasurer of the Friends of the Conservatory! Long time board member! Gayle has taught 2 wreath making classes for the FOC last year, and formerly, while managing a silk flower store for 7 years, did extensive work decorating & lighting, trees, wreaths and garlands for sale or display. Also decorated large office buildings and private homes with Christmas decor for 3 years. Board Member Chris Peterson and Jeanne Strawn will also be there to assist for Gayle’s classes

Ann Anderson has done arts and crafts her whole life, including projects for Hallmark and Nordstrom. Her seasonal wreaths are made up entirely of all natural materials including sphagnum moss and lichen, dried flowers and gathered greens. Though beginners are welcome, this class will be most enjoyable to those with some arts and crafts experience.

Join us inside the Conservatory’s beautiful Seasonal House to learn from beer brewer/scientists Krystin and Rachel from Fremont Brewing to explain the process of making beer from hops. During the lecture, attendees will receive three 4oz tastings of different beer. The final portion of the workshop will include a 12oz Fremont beer to enjoy during the Q&A portion of the lecture.

Topics covered (with beer tasting in between to demonstrate the topics being addressed):

Barley/malt use in brewing (beer tasting)
Other plant use in brewing: corn, rice, coffee, oats, wheat
Hop use in brewing and anti-microbial properties (beer tasting)
Hop sensory: common aromas
Examples of hop varieties in beer (beer tasting)

Thursday, October 24, 2019

5:00 – 7:00 pm

General Admission $40 | FOC Members $30

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Krystin Norman
Senior Scientist & Microbiologist at Fremont Brewing
B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder

Rachel McKinney
Sensory Scientist at Fremont Brewing
B.S. in Fermentation Science and Technology from Colorado State University

Anyone can do Ikebana! The beauty of this art form is its simplicity. It can be done anywhere, anytime with any available materials. This exciting 2 hour workshop will familiarize you with the basic concepts of line, space, and balance. You’ll also learn the techniques that will enable you to create a beautiful flower arrangement to take home. Sign up for personal enrichment or to freshen up your floral arrangement skills with new inspirations.

In the simplest sense, Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. From its humble and traditional origins, it has grown to be an international art phenomenon involving diverse art forms such as sculpture, architecture, painting, and multimedia explorations. At the heart of Ikebana is a lifestyle that promotes a deep understanding and respect for nature materials. From mini arrangements to multistory installations, Ikebana opens up a world of artistic expression that gives color to any space and punctuates any occasion.

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Saturday, October 26

1:30 – 3:30 pm

General Admission $40 | FOC Members $30

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Instructor: Fanny Yau

Fanny has been deeply involved in Ikebana for over 20 years and has taught the Sogetsu style since 2002 in Seattle. She participates regularly in exhibitions and demonstrations in the Greater Seattle area. She holds Ikebana classes regularly in Bellevue and Seattle.

Fanny’s Studio is where traditional Ikebana takes new life in a modern art form. Departing from the ordinary vase and flower approach, Fanny uses Ikebana as a launch pad for artfully sculptural creations. Her studio in beautiful Bellevue, Washington is the home base for all her creations. From table-top arrangements to storefront displays and large outdoor installations. She believes that the essence of Ikebana is to reveal the inherent beauty in any and all materials with one’s passion, patience, observation, imagination and creativity. The challenge to transform ordinary, uninteresting materials into beautiful, inspiring, and engaging works of art is the core of Ikebana practice and a source of joy for Ikebana artist.

Director – Sogetsu Mercer Island Branch

Certified Teacher – Sogetsu School of Ikebana , Japan

Member : Sogetsu Teacher Association, Japan

Ikebana International , Japan

Ikebana International, Seattle Chapter

The Conservatory will be Hosting the Evergreen Chrysanthemum Associations 72nd annual Chrysanthemum show Friday November 1st through Sunday November 3rd. 10am to 4pm all days. ECA Members will fill the Seasonal Hall with a stunning array of fancy show quality blooms of all styles and colors imaginable. Come see this unique, world class event presented by one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest horticultural organizations. Members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss cultural tips on growing one of the Gardening worlds best loved Fall bloomers!

Once again, the Northwest Orchid Society is going to take over the Seasonal House at the Conservatory for a weekend, and fill it with blooming orchids. This time, the Sharon Priebe Educational House (aka Zone 4) will be filled with orchids for sale, and there will be an orchid re-potting station.
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Entrance to the Show is included with admission to the Conservatory, which is free on Saturday, October 5th, and $4 on Sunday, October 6th. Access to the Sales area is open to all.

VPC members will receive a 10% discount on sales plants that are from the VPC collection.
There are no discounts for any of the other vendors.

This years Ikebana exhibit from the Sogetsu School will run for a week, Sunday September 22 through Sunday September 29. The exhibition in the Seasonal House will begin with a demonstration the afternoon of September 22 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This has been the traditional kick off to our Fall Chrysanthemum Season, with the beautiful arrangements paired with the cascade of chrysanthemums making their first appearance of the year. This special event is FREE with your admission to the Conservatory.

Explore creative light art exhibits in the fragrant dark pathways as Lusio artists weave their light art installations throughout the lush and ever changing botanical gardens. See rare tropical plants come alive with the art of light, grab a drink at the Bromeliad Bar and head into the Seasonal House for a dance party you’ll never forget 🙂

This is one of the most unique experiences Seattle has to offer and we only do this a few times a year!

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

7:00-10:00 pm


Advance tickets

$20 General admission

$15 Friends of the Conservatory Members

***Member tickets must be purchased through Eventbrite directly and you’ll need your Member ID on hand at checkout.

At the door

$22 General public

$17 Friends of the Conservatory Members


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Drinks will be available for purchase

All IDs will be checked at the door

Cash and Cards accepted

No pets, food, or outside drinks please

*Please help us keep the Conservatory pristine by not setting your cups in the plants, and by using trash and recycling receptacles provided. This helps our volunteers and gardeners tremendously. Thank you!*


Event curated by Lusio

Fundraiser for the Friends of the Conservatory, a 501 c(3) non-profit whose mission is to advocate and encourage preservation, public participation, and education with respect to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and its plant collection.


Sunday August 25, 2019


General Admission $20 | FOC Members $15


Get a sneak peak at what plants will be offered at the FOC Annual Fall Plant Sale just two weeks later on Sat Sept 7. House Plant enthusiast, Tom, will be able to answer your questions: What plant will thrive in my bathroom? What plant will not kill my cat? What plant will clean the air I breathe? How do I prevent root rot and over watering?

We will be covering general houseplant care: Light, Temperature, Water, Humidity + Pest Control and Fertilizer Needs

General Plant Types:

1) Low, Medium, and Bright

2) Air Purifying Plants

3) Toxic vs Non Toxic Plants (for your pets!)

Instructor Tom Matney: Tom is a long-time resident of Seattle, avid lover of the Volunteer Park Conservatory and a Board Member of the Friends of the Conservatory.

Tom doesn’t really have a favorite plant in the Conservatory, as he says, “That always seems to change when the gardeners bring in something I haven’t seen before,” but he’s really looking forward to when the Jade Vine blooms again (we are, too!).

His favorite Houses in the Conservatory are the Fern, Bromeliad and Cactus Houses.

Tom has been volunteering at our Plant Sales since the early 2000s and goes above and beyond to support the FOC and the Conservatory.

Who: Volunteer Park Trust, with friends and neighbors community-wide.

What: We’ll be cleaning garden beds, weeding, pruning, mulching and more to make Seattle’s Volunteer Park even more beautiful. Everyone — from toddlers to seniors — are welcome and no experience is needed to participate. We’ll provide gloves, tools, and free coffee and doughnuts!

Sunday, September 22nd, from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

Volunteer Park located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Gather at the park’s West entrance (one block east of E. Highland Drive and Federal Ave E). Look for the Volunteer Park Trust canopy and banners.

Sponsors: Thank you to our Community Partners: Kaiser Permanente and 4Culture.



Join us for an after-hours Docent-guided tour of the Conservatory with a glass of champagne, or three.


Friday, August 23, 2019
4:30-6:30 pm
Tours begin at 5 pm


$8 for Admission, includes one complimentary glass of champagne

Cash Bar will be available for refills!

Tour sizes are limited so get your tickets soon!

*****This is a Members-Only event. Members will need their Member ID number on hand to purchase tickets.*****

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