Friday, March 13, 2015

Seattle: Volunteer Park Conservatory

During the summers, I used to walk over to Capitol Hill and lay out on the lawn at Volunteer Park.  It's a great place to be during the warmer months.  The sun was shining for most of the morning, so we went out to Volunteer Park to chill, drink hot tea and just look at the view near Noguchi's "Black Sun."

The main reason that I wanted to head over to Volunteer Park was to see the newly renovated Volunteer Park Conservatory, which is one of the shining diamonds in the beautifully green rough of Volunteer Park.

The Volunteer Park Conservatory is one of my favorite places to visit.  The plants are housed in a wonderful Victorian-style glasshouse which was built back in 1912.    

I love glasshouses!

Fun Fact:  The Conservatory was designed by John Charles Olmstead and was modeled after Joseph Paxton's Crystal Palace in London.

Fun Fact:  I was going through some of my photos from the last summer that I was here visiting the Conservatory because I am not so observant of the changes that had occurred during the restoration and renovation process.   The photos below are from the summer of 2013.  The landscape in front of the glasshouse has definitely changed, which is awesome to see because this place is so well maintained by the Friends of the Conservatory.

Currently, the glasshouse is broken up into three areas:  the Cactus House, the Seasonal House, and the Palm House.

Volunteer Park Conservatory Info:
Open Tuesdays until Sundays
Open from 10 am - 4 pm
Free access

Fun Fact:  You can join terrarium workshops for $125 USD (there may be an additional $10 USD charge for additional materials) from Tuesday to Sunday.  Additional information and the sign up is on the website.

***Here's a little walk through the Conservatory for your viewing pleasure.***

If you are visiting Seattle and are on Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park is a great side trip.  The Seattle Asian Art Museum is also here...and Bruce Lee's grave is also just a around the corner at the Lake View Cemetery.