FOC April Members-Only Sale

Lotion SaleAs the days get longer and sunnier with Spring, The FOC wants to help in the fight against dry skin by offering 20%-off all branded solid lotion bars, skin repair salves, and lip balms during April. .

Skin Repair and Lotion bars are available in Sweet Plumeria, Lime Leaf, Green Tea, and Unscented.

Lip Balm flavors include Wild Cherry, Vanilla Cream, Peppermint Kiss, Creamsicle and unflavored.

These items are very popular and have many devoted fans. Plus, each product is printed with the Friends of the Conservatory logo, so you can show your support on the go, or give them as a thoughtful gift to someone you care about.

Not a current member? Stop by the Palm House Gift Shop today to renew or start a new membership or if you’d rather, renew online!

Volunteer Spotlight: Celeste and Lynn


FOC Volunteers Lynn Poser (left) and Celeste Osborn (right)

By Anthonio Pettit
Executive Director, Friends of the Conservatory

Visitors who have come to the Conservatory’s Palm House Gift Shop on Fridays have may well have encountered Celeste Osborn or Lynn Poser working behind the counter.

Both Celeste and Lynn have been volunteering in the shop for the past two years, filling in the morning and afternoon shifts respectively, and have become good friends in the process.

Celeste is a Northwest native and lifelong gardener and has been a frequent visitor to the Conservatory throughout the years. Lynn hails from Southern California originally, and moved to Capitol Hill in Seattle after university in 1971 and has spent a great deal of time in Volunteer Park and the Conservatory.

The Palm House Gift Shop sent a call for volunteers, and both Lynn and Celeste responded and became part of the Conservatory volunteer family within a couple months of each other.

In her spare time, Celeste takes part in a variety of artistic endeavors including photography, sketching, and sumi-e painting, but her true love is gardening and being involved with plants.

“If I don’t have a place to dig in the dirt, I’m not happy. The Conservatory is very refreshing year-round,” she adds.

Lynn is an accomplished scuba diver,  with 16 years experience. She has traveled to interesting warm water spots throughout the world, including Bali, Lombok, and Indonesia. Her next trip is will be a return to one of her favorite locales, the Yucatan in Mexico, coming this Summer. She is also a yoga enthusiast, and adds that the breathing and meditative qualities of the practice have made her a better diver.

In addition to the Palm House Gift Shop, Celeste has volunteered at both the Seattle Aquarium, as well as the Marine Science Center in Port Townsend for a number of years.

Lynn volunteers at the University Food bank, as well as the Assistance League of Seattle Thrift Shop, and is involved with her local neighborhood council.

Both agree that the people with whom they work make the experience at the Conservatory special.

“You get such positive feedback from the visitors, and just feel so lucky to be a part of it,” Poser says.

When asked what each would say to someone interested in working at the Conservatory, both agree:

“Just do it!”

“I am always learning something new,” says Poser, “I’ve learned so much about the plants in the collection just by listening and asking questions. I love being able to come to the docent training and the walk-through tours; I’m learning constantly!”

For more information about becoming a Friends of the Conservatory volunteer, visit our Volunteer Information Page or contact 206.322.4112.

FOC 2013-2014 Annual Report


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FOC 2013-2014 Annual Report

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Volunteer Park Conservatory Restoration Press Release

Production HouseCAPITOL HILL, SEATTLE – Construction on a $3 million ($ 2,116,759.00 as bid plus additives, contract not completed at this time) capital improvement project at Volunteer Park Conservatory will commence in May, 2014.

The project will replace the aging wood glazing system and reinforce the iron structural framework in the Seasonal and Cactus houses of the century-old Victorian-inspired greenhouse. Precise replicas of the structure are to be fabricated in long-lasting extruded aluminum and will match the original historic structure in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities  when completed. The existing glass will also be replaced with more efficient safety glazing, which will allow an increase in rated capacity, and provide some energy savings.

This improvement represents the final phase in the Conservatory’s contemporary restoration, which was started in 1993.

In addition the project will replace a 1920s-era production greenhouse with a modern (pre-manufactured industrial 1,550 sf multi-purpose grow facility, which will increase production space and provide a flexible area for educational classes and workshops.

Access to the Conservatory’s Seasonal and Cactus Houses will be restricted during the estimated five month restoration process, followed by building-wide closure during October and November to facilitate additional accessibility improvements in the Palm House. These improvements include expanding walkways and installing new egress to meet ADA and occupational compliance.

Funding for the project comes from a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Friends of the Conservatory (FOC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy group. Working with the Seattle Parks Foundation as fiscal sponsor, the FOC completed a capitol campaign in 2013 to generate public support and financing.

Kelly Gould of Seattle Parks and Recreation is the project manager. Adam Young Architecture & Design LLC is the project architect and Biwell Construction Inc. of Bellevue, WA, is expected to be awarded the construction contract. Both Adam Young and Biwell Construction worked on the previous phases of the Volunteer Park Conservatory restoration.

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March Members Only Sale: Children’s Merchandise

Children's Merchandise Sale

March Members Only Special:

20%-Off all Children’s Merchandise!

Includes books, activity kits, gardening tools for little hands, and much more!

Inspire someone special in your life today!

It’s a fact: Little ones love garden adventures!

Let us help kick-start some memories!

All month long in the Palm House Gift Shop!