Metro Parks Tacoma

Grand Floral Displays

Whether you need a break from the dreary winter rain or an escape from the busy summer, the Conservatory's flowers are here for you and your family to enjoy!

The Conservatory features four grand floral exhibits every year:

Crave Grand Floral Display 2014
Featured flowers include azaleas, cyclamen, tulips, clivia, cymbidium orchids, assorted species of winter blooming orchids, vireyas (sub-tropical rhododendrons) and oxalis (purple shamrocks).
Vivid grand floral display at the Conservatory VIVID: A BURST OF SUMMER COLOR - Jun. 16-Jul. 26, 2015
Featured flowers include impatiens, salvia, begonias, lilies, caladiums, mimosa pudica (sensitive plants), agapanthus, orchids and coleus.
Open until 7 pm on Saturday and Sundays for the duration of our VIVID grand floral display: June 28 & 29; July 5 & 6; July 12 & 13; July 19 & 20; July 26 & 27
Conservatory's Crisp Grand Floral Display Sep. 24-Nov. 3
CRISP: AN ODE TO AUTUMN - Sep. 29-Nov. 8, 2015
Featured flowers include peppers, coleus, and exhibition mums.
Kaleidoscope of Learning Series:
  • Food Justice! - Sep. 1; 6-7 pm
    Dean Jackson whose work with Hilltop Urban Gardens (HUG) shows us how food sovereignty and racial justice are deeply interrelated. Amongst regional food justice organizations, HUG is exemplary for creating a local model of food sovereignty - in their own words, "We believe growing our own food independence is an important strategy". In HUG's vision, the systems of food sovereignty they are building will create racial and economic justice, and communities that take care of each other.
  • How Plants Work - Sep. 29; 6-7 pm
    In this accessible and fascinating talk with Linda Chalker-Scott you'll learn about the science behind the amazing things plants do and why.
  • Pruning Demystified - Oct. 1; 6-7 pm
    Join Aaron Cady at the Conservatory and enjoy an informative talk on pruning. Aaron will cover general pruning principles, provide specific information about pruning various types of shrubs, fruit trees and Japanese Maples and all the right tools to get it done.
  • Tiny Worlds: A Terrarium Workshop - Oct. 3; 12-2 pm;
    $45; register at
    Conservatory staff will lead you into the world of terrariums. Get hands-on guidance in creating your own tiny world. All supplies included.
Lavish Grand Floral Display LAVISH: A FESTIVE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY - Dec. 4-Jan. 10, 2016
Featured flowers include poinsettias, amarylis, paperwhite narcissus, poinsettia baskets and cymbidium orchids.
Lavish Open House - Dec. 4; 5-8 pm
  live music & winter treats