Two weeks before the historic re-opening of the Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), celebrate the new year with The Future Ancient’s Lunar New Year Party!
Celebrating Cultures from the Asia Pacific, the Future Ancient’s Lunar New Year Party is a family and POC-friendly FREE event that features free cultural food and drinks.

Sat, January 25, 2020
7:00 PM – 11:59 PM PST
7-9:30pm: Family Friendly Event (up to 4 tickets per order)
9:30-on: 21+ After Party (up to 2 tickets per order, cash bar)
Tickets Here

Activities include:
Ancestral Incense Offering
Special Red Envelopes for all registered guests
Zodiac Family Race
Community Mural Activity
Live Musical Performances
Local API & POC DJ’s
Future Ancient Photo Booth
Secret Judge Awards for Outstanding Outfits & Dance Moves
Raffle Prizes!

Friday February 14,2020
7:00 – 10:00pm
General Admission $50
FOC Members $40

Sub Rosa and the Friends of the Conservatory bring you an extra special Valentine’s Day Concert. Beautiful music, in a gorgeous setting this is a romantic evening not to be missed.

Sub Rosa is an intimate concert series featured in unique and unusual places. Small crowds and big voices come together in a stripped-down performance that is bound to leave you with goosebumps. Chances are, you’ve not experienced music like this. This Valentine’s Day, Sub Rosa is returning to The Volunteer Park Conservatory to bring you live music right in the greenhouse. Warm air, lush plants, twinkling lights and sweet melodies for you and your loved one.

Our experiences are all about connection and authenticity — we find that by curating beautiful and intimate scenes, it offers an opportunity for genuine connection between the musicians and guests. You’ll have a chance to connect to the artist, hearing their stories and listening to their music in a way you’ve never heard before.

There will be delicious finger foods supplied by the Friends of the conservatory as well as a cash bar with proceeds going to support the Volunteer Park Conservatory.


Sub Rosa is collaborating with the Friends of the Conservatory to bring you this event. The Friends of the Conservatory is a community non-profit organization that supports the Conservatory in cooperation with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. The FOC supports the Conservatory’s programming and works to connect with the community to advocate and encourage preservation, public participation, and education with respect to the Volunteer Park Conservatory and its plant collection.



Arum Rae Valkonen is a singer and songwriter who performs as Arum Rae.
Arum’s music has been featured on American Idol, Shameless, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Pretty Little Liars, Heart of Dixie and more. In 2015, her song “Something’s Happening To Me” was picked up by Microsoft and used for their campaign release for the Microsoft Surface Pro. She also co-wrote the song “If I Didn’t Know Better” with John Paul White of The Civil Wars. That song beame the theme song of the NBC television show Nashville, becoming a hit single on iTunes and #16 on Billboard.
Arum has toured extensively over the past several years, playing festivals such as ACL, Summer Fest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Ottowa Blues Fest and opening for, and sharing stages with artists such as Willie Nelson, Rodriguez, BB King, Dan Auerbach, Gary Clark Jr., Feist, Lou Doillon, Maggie Rogers, Peter Bjorn & John, and The Civil Wars, to name a few.
Arum is currently working on her full-length album due out Spring 2020.

Friday February 1, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
General Admission $5 suggested donation
FOC Members FREE
Register online, pay at the door:

It’s winter plant swap time! Celebrate your love of houseplants at the Conservatory with lots of plant passionate people. Bring your extra potted plants and cuttings to trade. Participants will be given a number upon entry and their plants will also be given the same number to associate with the owner. There will be an initial time to mingle and see what plants are available. Participants may write down which plants and owners number they are interested in, and you’ll have a chance to chat with the owners and trade plant knowledge. Then the swap begins! Come home with new specimens for your home jungle.
Free for Friends of the Conservatory members, $5 suggested donation at the door for general admission (cash or card accepted), be sure to register now to reserve your spot!

Sunday January 26,2020
Noon – 2:00 pm
General Admission $30
FOC Members $20

Instructors Patterson and Richardson will share their knowledge on the coffee plant, the history and cultivation, the unique differences among coffee varieties, and the roasting and preparation of coffee. Attendees will be provided an insight into the plants, growers around the world, and the coffee business from seed to cup with everything in between. Attendees will learn to appreciate subtle taste differences and to recognize unique characteristics of coffee including aroma, acidity, body and flavor. A coffee tasting (cupping) of several specialty coffees and various roasts from bean to cup will be provided.

Scott Richardson has been involved in the coffee business since the late 80’s, and immersed since 1993. He started roasting in ’95, and wholesaling in ’96. Scott established Herkimer Coffee’s wholesale department in 2007 as he began to develop direct trade relationships with producers around the world. He will share his knowledge on the business from seed to cup and everything in between.

Sara Patterson is an Emeritus Professor from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught multiple classes in Horticulture including Introduction to Horticulture; Fruit Crops; Vegetable Crops; Plants as Food; Plants, Genomics and Sustainability; and Plant Propagation. Patterson has also extensively collaborated with scientists around the world studying abscission in numerous food crops including grapes, tomatoes, olives, and the Wet African orphan grain fonio.

Join us Thursday December 19 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm to experience the Holiday Train Display in its full splendor with twinkling lights and the trains running the tracks with free hot coco and cookies. A treat for the whole family!⁠

Our Seasonal House will be closed from Sunday November 10 through Thursday November 14 so the elves and gardeners can prep for Santa and our holiday train!⁠ It reopens Friday November 15 for our Holiday Open House.

The Winner will receive a Mikes Train House “ready to run” O-gauge train-set with all the bells and whistles ( worth $500!). Tickets are 1 for $5 and 5 for $20. The drawing will be held Friday December 20th at 4pm. Raffle winner must able to pick up the Train-set at the gift shop, shipping will not be available. Buy your raffle ticket in the Palm House Gift Shop during regular opening ours or during any of hour holiday events!


Santa visits the Conservatory from the North Pole! Fun for the whole family, with free hot cocoa, cookies and and opportunity to visit Santa! Let Santa know what you want for Christmas, and get a photo! Suggested donation $5 for families.

Saturday December 7 & 14 | Noon – 3:00 pm both days.

Walk the Volunteer Park pathways beautifully lit by hundreds of luminarias creating a magical wonderland! Listen to live joyful music from local choral ensembles. Bring the kids to have fun at our children’s activity booth! Warm up in the Volunteer Park Conservatory and enjoy FREE cookies and hot cocoa!

See more information on Volunteer park Trusts website

Thursday December 5 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The Conservatory will have extended hours, open until 8:00 pm.

Come experience the magic of the Holiday Express Train!

Join us for the Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia display open house to ring in the Holidays! Enjoy hot coco and cookies while viewing the grand opening of this year’s Holiday display.

Holiday Open House Friday November 15 | 4:00 – 8:00 pm