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“"Tiger Eye Flowering Maple" blooms in bloom in April in the Conservatory”

Volunteer Park Conservatory
Ranked #41 of 443 things to do in Seattle
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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.
Nashville, Tennessee
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“"Tiger Eye Flowering Maple" blooms in bloom in April in the Conservatory”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

I walked 2 miles to the conservatory from a downtown hotel. The fee of $4 is paid on the honor system. One pays with their credit card and a machine that looks similar to what you use in a parking lot. The conservatory is a series of connected greenhouses. Here are the themes of the various greenhouses: orchids, tropical plants, cacti, and a greenhouse with a theme based on flower & plant color (exquisitly beautiful). I loved each of the greenhouses. I took my time and walked through them twice. The most unusual flower I saw was on the blooming "Tiger Eye Flowering Maple" (Abutilon Tiger Eye). It looked like a red lampshade with yellow veins and a yellow border on all the petals. I climbed the water tower before I walked back to downtown Seattle. There is a restroom at the Asian Art Museum.

Visited April 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Best park I could find”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

This is a beautiful park with a lot to do. There's a museum in the middle and a conservatory garden at the entrance. The water tower offers amazing views if you are willing to climb the stairs of hell ;) lots to do here and there's ample parking in the morning

Visited April 2013
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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“Gorgeous & Warm on a Rainy Day”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

This is a well-maintained Turn of the Century Greenhouse in the very pleasant Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. A small version of one of the great British conservatories with five different houses and exotics from all over the world. Very beautiful and always nice to visit on a cold or rainy day. Bring your camera! Free Parking. Be sure and visit the Seattle Art Museum's Asian Art building in the same park.

Visited April 2013
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Everett, Washington, United States
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“Christmas trees, harp music and nutcrackers!”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

Every Christmas, they decorate the conservatory with Christmas trees and nutcrackers. On certain days, they have harp music playing Christmas music. This is a great tradition to add to your Christmas celebrations!

Visited December 2012
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Seattle
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“Warmth amid the cold rainy days”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

I've been going here since I was a child. The plants and water features in the sub-tropical climate, makes you feel worlds away from the cold and damp of the Pacific Northwest winter. It's like my Secret Garden because it's never really busy unless a tour bus is parked outside.

Visited March 2013
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