Metro Parks Tacoma

Conservatory Events

ADMISSION  
 SPECIAL EVENTS
Close Up of Purple Orchid in Seymour Conservatory

March 25
SO I HAVE THIS ORCHID . . .

1-3 pm / $3 suggested donation
The Tacoma Orchid Society will share their expertise through a presentation and potting demonstrations. Come with questions and leave with fresh ideas on caring for your orchids.

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April 22 • 11 am-3 pm
EARTH DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION

Celebrate Earth Day Weekend at the Conservatory!

Stop by any time from 11 am-3 pm to plant veggie and flower seeds, learn about pollinators and low water landscapes, and learn how to make your own homemade cleaners.

We also have two workshop options:
11-11:30 am 
Container gardening presentation by Marianne Binetti ($3 suggested donation.)
11:30 am-12:30 pm    
Plant a container garden with Marianne Binetti. ($25, $20 members. Must pre-register.)

April 23
FAMILY YOGA PLAY

11 am-2 pm / $3 suggested donation
Join us for an imaginative exploration of yoga through sounds and earthy animal, bug and plant poses. After yoga, make nature wands to take home. Family yoga sessions are every hour. Led by Megan Zaback. ($3 suggested donation.)

 MONTHLY EVENTS
Johnaye Kendrick

SECOND SUNDAY MUSIC 2017
1-2:30 pm / $3 suggested donation
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. $3 suggested donation.
• Mar. 12 - Kristi & Steve Nebel
• Apr. 9 - Mary Farr - Folk
• May 14 - Pacific Northwest Chamber Ensemble
• Jun. 11 - Castletown
- Celtic Duo
• Jul. 9 - Kareem Kandi Trio
• Aug. 13 - The Dan Duvall Vibes Trio
• Sep. 10 - Micaela Cooley
- Cellist, Singer, Songwriter
(Contact tyras@tacomaparks.com if you are interested in performing on a future date.)

landmark conservatory storytime

Kids enjoy crafts at the Conservatory's Storytelling event.

CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR 2017
11 am-noon / $3 suggested donation
Join Bonnie Beaudoin among the beautiful flowers for monthly storytelling along with a short hands-on science and art project.
• Mar. 8 - Theme: Native Art / Book: Frog Girl by Paul Owen / Science: Food Chains / Art: Frog Print Design
• Apr. 12 - Theme: Garden Inspired Art / Book: The Girl with the Watering Can by Ewa Zadrzynska / Science: What Plants Need to Grow / Art: Watering Can Design
• May 10 - Theme: Nature's Colors / Book: Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons / Science: Life Cycle of the Butterfly / Art: Flower Petal Butterflies
• Jun. 28 - Theme: Public Parks and Gardens / Book: The Man Who Made Parks: The Story of Parkbuilder Frederick Law Olmsted by Frieda Wishinsky / Art: Cardboard Tube "Binoculars"
• Jul. 5 - Theme: Vegetable Gardens / Book: Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story by Linda Glaser / Art: Garden Markers
• Jul. 12 - Theme: Country Gardens / Book: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter / Art: Bunny Puppets
• Jul. 19 - Theme: City Gardens and Farmer's Markets / Book: To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda / Art: Market List
• Jul. 26 - Theme: School Gardens / Book: It's Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden by George Ancona / Art: Garden Tools Design
• Aug. 2 - Theme: Farms and Gardens / Book: The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow / Art: Rainbow Rice Design
• Oct. 11 - Theme: Tree Gardens, Forests and Orchards / Book: The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by Joseph Hopkins / Art: Abstract Art Tree Picture
• Nov. 8 - Theme: Secret Gardens - Special Gardens in Stories, Art, and Your Nieghborhood / Book: The Curious Garden by Peter Brown / Art: Garden Design
• Dec. 13 - Theme: Winter Gardens / Book: Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam / Art: Sowflake Design
2018
• Feb. 14 - Theme: Herb Gardens / Book: First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew by Robbin Gourley / Art: Herb Bouquet
• Mar. 14 - Theme: Monet's Garden / Book: Katie and the Impressionists by James Mayhew / Art: Paper Plate Pond
• Apr. 11 - Theme: Flower Gardens / Book: Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt / Art: Flower Bookmark
• May 9 - Theme: Tiny Gardens / Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting / Art: Egg Carton Plant Starter
conservatory relax and renew

RELAX & RENEW 2017
9-10 am / $10 suggested donation / Mat provided, but feel free to bring your own
Let go of your work week and kick start your weekend with a loving community based practice of meditation, sound, light movement and sacred breath. This gathering invites all levels of experience to join together in a supportive community. Surrounded by the healing nature of the Conservatory, this is the time for you and your body to relax from the external world and soften the mind.
• Mar. 4
• Mar. 18

 SEASONAL EVENTS
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SPROUT SMART
Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational workshops around plants and gardens. Kids will have fun decorating and planting their very own seed house and painting a plant portrait using botanical-based paints.
Jun. 30, 2017 / 11 am-1 pm
Workshop / This week's activity: Plant and decorate tiny indoor gardens and learn how to care for them. $15 - Registration required.
Jul. 7, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm
This week's Drop-In activity: Learn how to listen for the music nature makes and then create instruments from recycled and natural materials. $3 suggested donation
• Jul. 14, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm
This week's Drop-In activity: Explore the Shakespeare in Bloom exhibit and then create your own gardens on paper using natural materials. $3 suggested donation
• Jul. 21, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm
This week's Drop-In activity: Learn about nature in an engaging way by planing Plant Bingo. $3 suggested donation
• Jul. 28, 2017 / 11 am-2 pm
This week's Drop-In activity: Carnivorous Plants. We'll llearn about bug eating fiends and make a Venus Flytrap paper ccreation.
$3 suggested donation
• Aug. 11, 2017 / 11 am-1 pm
Workshop / This week's activity: We'll be planting and decorating tiny indoor gardens and learning how to care for them. $15 - Registration required.

   
 MASTER GARDENER CLINICS
May Floral Display in Seymour Conservatory Saturdays Feb. 4 through May 27, 2017
12:30-3:30 pm

Stop by to ask a Master Gardener about your perplexing plant problems. We can assist with plant identification and also diagnoses of pests and common diseases. Please bring very detailed photos of your plant concerns.
Washington State University Extension
 

 

GARDEN SALES DISCONTINUED IN 2014
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.

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