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“Unfailing, refreshingly beautiful”

Volunteer Park Conservatory
Ranked #46 of 461 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Five houses on the conservatory represent five distinct environments, from jungle to desert. Theres also a Cactus House, a Fern House and a Bromeliad House.
Reviewed February 20, 2012

The conservatory, located at the end of the entrance road to SAAM in Volunteer Park, is open to the public on a donation-request basis. The plants are brilliantly maintained, and the flow of even heavy traffic is comfortable and accommodating. (After all, the folks in there all love plants. And mostly are from Seattle.) A delightful, somewhat hidden Seattle treasure.

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Reviewed February 18, 2012

I recently heard that budget cuts will possibly close these doors. It is a beautiful structure that should be saved.

Thank Dale N
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

When I walk into the Volunteer Park Conservatory, in the middle of a late fall or winter in Seattle, the first thing that greets me is the warmth. The wonderful, lovely, softly perfumed warm air that feels like you have stepped off a plane into Hilo, Hawaii or some other equally languorous tropical place. There are blooming orchids and bromeliads. A large cycad and many tall and large palm trees occupy the central dome. On the east-side of the building, an extensive cactus and succulent collection await those seeking a less humid environment.
I have been to many large greenhouses, including the incomparable Kew Gardens in London. The Volunteer Park Conservatory is small in comparison, but is nevertheless alluring, lovely and can shake off the miserable coating of blues many of us Seattleites acquire in the winter. In addition, the parks department makes seasonal displays with cyclamens around Valentines Day, Easter lilies in spring, chrysanthemums in fall and poinsettias at Christmas. I have read it is a popular spot for engagements.
Sadly, because of the budget crunch, the conservatory may be closed in the near future. Visit it soon and if you feel it was worthy, make a donation and maybe those of us with SAD can continue to have this wonderful oasis in which to cast off the blues.

Thank Thomas B
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

I love gong up the tower, especially around sunset! SO beautiful! This is a nice park to stroll through and there is a nice cafe across the street with the same name. (well, its not exactly across the street. It's across the street and then down a street. Its a yellow house essentially)

They have movies here in summer.

Thank Persephone5
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

It is classic in every sense of the word. No visitor should miss this attraction. The beautiful flora in a crystal palace--a must see.

Thank CRITIC5080
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