Metro Parks Tacoma

Conservatory Events

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LET'S GROW!
April 2-5

11 am-1:00 pm / $3 suggested donation
Bring your little sprouts to the Conservatory for some fun and educational activities around plants and gardens. Drop in anytime between 11 am-1 pm to take part in fun activities.

Topics

  • April 2 Sprouts: Learn how some plants grow from seeds and pot your own sunflower seed to take home.
  • Play in the Garden: Create your own beaded wind chime to take home and then watch how the wind makes it dance.
  • Don’t Forget the Birds: Learn about some of our local birds, and make a toilet paper roll bird feeder and paper birds. Allergy note:  nut butter will be used for the toilet paper bird feeder.
  • Seedlings: Plant an assortment of tiny annual seedlings and then watch them grow into beautiful flowers over the summer.
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SPRINGTIME TEA PARTY
April 6

4-6 pm / $20; tea for two $30
Celebrate spring with a tea party! Enjoy sweet and savory morsels and a variety of botanical inspired teas while surrounded by the Conservatory's sweet smelling and colorful spring flower exhibit.

NEW! 2019 YOGA & MEDITATION

conservatory relax and renew

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SOUND BATHS & BLOOMS with Sara Corbishley
1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 6-7:30 pm starting March 5, 2019
$30.00
Everything is energy. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics. - Albert Einstein
Sound has been used for as long as humans have existed to bring about a state of Balance, Harmony and Holistic Equilibrium. Find a comfortable form, set an intention, bathe in sound and light, entrain with sonic frequencies and soak up the beauty of the flowers and plants that surround you. Limited space, reservation required.

PEACE AMONG PLANTS: MEDITATION FOR ALL
2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6-7 pm starting February 28, 2019
$10.00 suggested donation
Meditation is an invaluable tool for self-inquiry and insight as well as a pathway for releasing obstacles to your health and well-being. Science has begun to document the many benefits of meditation. It increases concentration, and reduces anxiety and stress. Creativity, compassion and memory are all enhanced through the practice of meditation. In these classes you will play with different techniques to aid in the process of developing awareness and inner peace. Practicing meditation amongst the beautiful flowers and plants in the Conservatory can help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on your life, bringing you both pleasing visual stimulation and helping you to increase your perceived happiness. Give yourself this hour to cultivate a quiet place within. No experience necessary. Limited space, registration required.

BLOOM WITH YOGA & MEDITATION
Saturdays from 9-10 am February 9-March 16 and March 30-May 4, 2019
$15.00 suggested donation
Practicing Yoga and Meditation in the Botanical Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous flowers and plants will help you de-stress, calm your mind and strengthen your body. Both meditation and the presence of green leafy plants have been linked to enhanced creative thinking and a boost in happiness. Enjoy a moderately paced yoga class with a focus on conscious breathing and healthy alignment while gaining strength, flexibility and focus. Limited space, registration required.

 2019 MONTHLY EVENTS
Johnaye Kendrick

SECOND SUNDAY MUSIC
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.
April 14 - PC & J
• May 12 - Jessa Campbell
• June 9 - Clover Creek Ramblers
• July 14 - Kareem Kandi - Jazz
• August 11 - Cara Francis - Jazz Vocalist
• September 8 - Joe Contris
• October 13 - TBD
• November 10 - Castletown
• December 8 - TBD
(Contact tyras@tacomaparks.com if you are interested in performing on a future date.)

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Kids enjoy crafts at the Conservatory's Storytelling event.


 

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 art and science projects.
Wednesdays:
March 13 - Book: Song of the Swallows by Leo Politi / Science: Birds / Art: Bird Design
• April 17 (rescheduled from April 10) - Book: First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger / Science: Chicks and Chickens / Art: Crayon Resist Pysanky Eggs
• May 8 - Book: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith / Science: Planting Gardens / Art: Green Design
June 19 - Book: Redwoods by Jason Chin / Science: Paleobotany / Art: Gingko Leaf Design
June 26 - Book: How the Dinosaur got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland / Science: Fossils / Art: Fossil Rubbing
July 3 - Book: The Barenstain Bears and the Missing Dinosaur Bone by Stan & Jan Barenstain / Science: Dinosaur Bones / Art: Q-tip Dinosaur Skeleton
July 10 - Book: Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching by Hannah Bonner / Science: Prehistoric Plants / Art: Sponge Painting
July 17 - Book: Grandpa Green by Lane Smith / Social Theme: Manners and Etiquette / Art: Thank You Notes
July 24 - Book: How to Grow a Dinosaur by Jill Esbaum / Science: Natural History Museums / Art: Handosaurus
October 9 - Book: Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White / Science: The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons / Art: Pumpkin Bookmark
November 13 - Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert / Science: Corn is Maize by Aliki / Art: Paper Mosaic
December 11 - Book: The Little Fir Trees by Margaret Wise Brown / Science: Evergreens / Art: Evergreen Bouquet
2020
February 12 - Book: Bears and Blossoms by Shirley Parenteau / Science: The Reason For a Flower / Art: Cherry Blossom Picture
March 11 - Book: Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall / Science: Clouds / Art: Cloud Pictures
April 8 - Book: It's Not a Daffodil by Elizabeth Honey / Science: From Bulb to Daffodil / Art: Daffodil Pictures
May 13 - Book: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney / Science: Wildflowers / Art: Sponge Painted With Lupine Pictures

2019 SPECIAL EVENTS
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PLANTING DAYS IN MAY
May 10 & 11

10 am-2 pm / $3 suggested donation
An assortment of annual plants, houseplants and succulents will be for sale. Bring an empty pot or hanging basket and we'll help you plant them. Treat yourself, your mother or a lovedone to the gift of Mother Nature!

African Milk Tree in Seymour Conservatory

DIG IT: VISIT WITH THE BURKE MUSEUM
July 20, 2019

10 am-1 pm / $3 suggested donation
Get up close and personal with specimens, objects and artifacts that represent different areas of the Burke Museum's collections. Interpreted by Burke educators, these interactive exhibits encourage object-based, hands-on learning.

October Floral Display in Seymour Conservatory

HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Pumpkin Patch - October 15-November 3
Halloween Hurrah! - October 31
• 4-7 pm


 

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HOLIDAY EVENTS
Santa Visit - December 7
• 10 am-3 pm
Enjoy the much anticipated visit from Santa and his reindeer friends and memorialize the holidays with a professional photograph. Reindeer will be on the front lawn of the Conservatory from 10 am-1 pm while pictures with Santa will be inside the tropical warmth of the Conservatory. $3 suggested donation
Victorian Holiday - December 14 • 10 am-3 pm
Enjoy live music, crafts and delightful refreshments at this annual holiday festival. $3 suggested donation
Holiday Sing-Along & Cocoa - Date TBD • 6-8 pm
Enjoy an evening of hot cocoa, cookies and singing holiday favorites with friends and family. $3 suggested donation

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 MASTER GARDENER CLINICS
May Floral Display in Seymour Conservatory Saturdays Feb. 2 through May 25, 2019
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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