I visited the Conservatory as an afternoon activity when I had some time to myself. I'm not a botanist or a gardener, just someone who wanted to enjoy a stroll and enjoy the area.
The displays are well maintained, however, the collection isn't very expansive. It took me about 30 minutes to walk around and view everything, and that was taking my time. The cactus room was probably the most interesting, in my opinion.
As of Feb 2013, they began charging a $4 fee for adults. I think it's worth it for people who have a deeper interest in plants, but not for the average person. Seattle offers other nice park and garden areas which are better for taking a stroll!
The Asian Art Museum is next door to the Conservatory but not open Mondays/Tuesdays. As a combined trip, this might have been better. Also for comparison, the Como Park Conservatory in Minneapolis, MN is much larger and more interesting to walk around!
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