Docent Tours

Q:  Where can you find orchids in a Crystal Palace, five glass houses of tropical plants, confiscated plants, and a nonagenarian Jade Plant?

A:  At the Volunteer Park Conservatory, every day of the year.

Let the Volunteer Park Conservatory docents tell you more:

The Conservatory offers docent-guided tours of the Conservatory and its plant collections by reservation only. Tours last from 30 to 60 minutes and are at no additional charge. Minimum two weeks notice is required.

Visitors will learn more about:

Conservatory tropical and subtropical collections, including bromeliads, ferns, palms, cacti, orchids, and seasonal plants

How Seattle Parks horticulturists work behind-the-scenes, plant production and acquisition

How the Conservatory operates as a US Fish and Wildlife repository for confiscated plants

Conservatory architecture and artworks, the Homage in Green glass canopy, the 1912 lunette window, and the iron tillandsia trees

Conservatory construction history, renovations, and future design plans

Community involvement and volunteerism, how the nonprofit Friends of the Conservatory and the Seattle Parks Department cooperate to support the Conservatory and host community events

The Palm House Gift Shop and Resource Center

**Please pay Entrance Fee in Gift Shop to obtain your visitor passes on arrival.**

Volunteer Park Conservatory Group Information & Rates:

**All Groups go directly to Gift Shop to pay.**

  • Group of Children (<13 in age) with teachers/group/preschool leaders:

o   Teachers and adults accompanying kids pay $4/adult.
o   Kids <13 are free.
o   Stickers required for both adults and kids.

  • School Group of Teens (between 13-18) and/or College students:

o   Group up to 25 pay $25.
o   Additional $25 for 26-50 people. (i.e. $50 for 26-50 people, $75 for 51-75 people)
o   Stickers required for both teachers and students.

  • Group of 15 or less Adults with or without Guided Tour:

o   All adults in group pay $4 each.
o   Group leader can make a single payment in gift shop.
o   Stickers required for each person.
o   No additional fee for guided tour, but extra donations to FOC are welcome!

First Thursdays and Saturdays of every month are free, however these
dates fill up fast and require one month’s lead time to schedule.

To book a guided tour please call the Friends of the Conservatory office at 206-322-4112 or email: