Metro Parks Tacoma

Conservatory Events

Shakespeare in Bloom Botanical Display in the Conservatory Ju. 19-Aug. 28. SHAKESPEARE IN BLOOM - July 19 - August 28
10 am-4:30 pm Tues.-Sun.; Open until 7 pm Jul. 21 & Aug. 18

Explore the plants and plant-lore woven throughout  Shakespeare's work in the Victorian-styled Seymour Conservatory. Free, Suggested Donation $3
July 19; 2-3 pm - Lavender Wand Making Workshop
Join Conservatory Foundation board member, Priscilla Taylor to make a lovely lavender wand while sipping on refreshing lavender lemonade. Lavender is one of Shakespeare's blooms. Free, Suggested Donation $3
August 5; 7-8:30 pm - Love's Labour's Lost
Get to know Shakespeare through one of his comedies, performed by actors from the Seattle Shakespeare Co. in Wright Park. FREE!
Vivid grand floral display at the Conservatory GRAND FLORAL EXHIBIT
Vivid: A Burst of Summer Color - Jun. 14-Jul. 17, 2016
Take a break from the hectic pace of summer to stroll through displays painted with colorful flowers.
Featured flowers include impatiens, salvia, begonias, lilies, caladiums, mimosa pudica (sensitive plants), agapanthus, orchids and coleus.
Johnaye Kendrick SECOND SUNDAY MUSIC 2016
1-2:30 pm: Local musicians add harmonious ambiance to the Conservatory during this concert series. The soaring glass architecture provides resonant acoustics for instruments and vocals of all kinds. Musical performances range from classical to folk.
Jul. 10 - Kareen Kandi Trio - Jazz
• Aug. 14 - Champagne Sunday - 
Folk, Rock
• Sep. 11 - Kathye Long - Folk, Pop, Covers
• Oct. 9 - Tim Bertsch - 
Harpsichord, Guitar
• Nov. 13 - The Winterlings - Wolff and Amanda - Folk
• Dec. 11 - Eugennie Jones and accompanist
- Jazz Vocalist
(Contact if you are interested in performing at one of these events.)
landmark conservatory storytime CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR 2016
11 am-noon: Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the beautiful flowers for monthly storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project..
June 29 - Nature's Colors: The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle / Science: Insects / Art: Straw Blowing Painting
• July 6 - Art in the Garden: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting / Schience: The Reason for a Flower / Art: Flower Collage
• July 13 - Art at the Market: A Day at the Market by Sara Anderson / Science: Nutrition / Art: Eat Local Poster
• July 20 - Imagination from Nature: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel / Science: Rainforests / Art: Crayon Resist Jungle Picture
• July 27 - Inspiration from Nature: The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan / Science: Birds / Art: Matisse Cut Outs Bird Design
• Oct. 12 - Art in the Garden: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert / Science: From Seed to Plant / Art: Plate Collage
• Nov. 9 - Patterns in Nature: Corn is Maize by Aliki /Science: Corn Facts / Art: Paper Mosaic
• Dec. 14 - Patterns in Nature: Some Snow Said Hello by Russell and Lilian Hoban / Science: Weather / Art: Pattern Picture

• Feb. 8 - Textures in Nature: Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams / Science: Animal Adaptations / Art: Animal Footprint Design
• Mar. 8 - Native Art: Frog Girl by Paul Owen / Science: Food Chains / Art: Frog Print Design
• Apr. 12 - Garden Inspired Art: The Girl with the Watering Can / Science: Food Chains / Art: Frog Print Design
• May 10 - Nature's Colors: The Butterfly Book by Gail gibbons / Science: Life Cycle of the Butterfly / Art: Flower Petal Butterflies
conservatory relax and renew RELAX & RENEW 2016
Commune with Nature - Join us for an hour of guided meditation.9-10 am. No experience necessary, accessible to all. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Upcoming dates:
October Floral Display in Seymour Conservatory Oct. 31
4-7 pm: Bring the little ones to the Conservatory for some boo-tanical activities including stories, crafts, games, treats and more!
Santa in Conservatory doorway. Dec. 3
10 am-3 pm: Take part in some Victorian Holiday cheer at the Conservatory. Memorialize your visit with a professional photograph with Santa for $15, listen to children's stories, and create a holiday themed craft. Staff and volunteers will be dressed in beautiful Victorian costumes to answer your questions and serve refreshments.
May Floral Display in Seymour Conservatory Saturdays through May 28
12:30-3:30 pm
Stop by to ask a Master Gardener about your perplexing plant problems.
Washington State University Extension

Conservatory and greenhouse staff and resources will be focusing on Metro Parks' core mission, enhanced interpretive programs and botanical displays at the Conservatory and floral displays in Point Defiance, Wapato and Titlow Parks. Specialty plants will continue to be available in the Conservatory gift shop, where members enjoy a 10% discount on every purchase.