Metro Parks Tacoma

Conservatory Events






Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational workshops and drop-in activities around plants and gardens.
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.


July 20 • 5:30-7 pm

Attend our Tussie-Mussie workshop and embark on a fascinating journey into the Victorian/Edwardian age and the mysterious language of flowers. Compose your own secret message comprised of a small flower and herb bouquet. $10

undefined September 9 • 1-2 pm

Megumi Schacher will share the history of Ikebana. The Sogetsu School of ikebana, founded in 1927, has its roots in the ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement. Their philosophy is that the basic rules and techniques of ikebana are the foundation for a lifetime of creative artistic expression that can be practiced by anyone, anywhere, using any plant materials. Students are encouraged to be individualistic and imaginative, while working within a framework that respects the relationships between space, line, depth, movement, color, form and balance. Their ikebana creations are meant to enrich both the creator and the viewer.
Megumi is a member of the Seattle branch of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana and a certified instructor.
$3 suggested donation
Johnaye Kendrick

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.
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 if you are interested in performing on a future date.)

landmark conservatory storytime

Kids enjoy crafts at the Conservatory's Storytelling event.

Thank you to


Presenting sponsor of
Children's Story Hour


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.
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 Neighborhood / Book: The Curious Garden by Peter Brown / Art: Garden Design
• Dec. 13 - Theme: Winter Gardens / Book: Fox's Garden by Princesse Camcam / Art: Snowflake Design
• 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

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.
• Additional dates TBA

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


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.