The Friends of the Conservatory in collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation is pleased to roll out a new host of member benefits and levels for 2014.
All FOC membership levels now include an Annual Pass automatically, and there are several new exclusive benefits for members, with even more more on the way soon.
The following grid represents the new membership tiers and the features afforded to each level:
There is also a new pricing structure to which will be introduced shortly.
You can choose to receive either an Individual Annual Pass, which grants year-round access for one adult or youth age 13 – 17, or a Family Annual Pass which includes admission for two adults, three youths and unlimited children age 12 and under.
There’s still a bit more time left to join or renew your membership at 2013 rates, but the new levels will take effect soon!
You can join or renew membership online at these rates for a few more days.
We are starting out 2014 with some exciting news! All of the hard work of our volunteers at the FOC and tireless support of the members and donors is starting to show fruition. The remodel of the Seasonal and Cactus Houses and the East Potting Shed is starting to blossom!
Just this week, all City of Seattle departments have provided final approval of the project plans. Next, the remodel project will go out for bid!
We anticipate construction on the Seasonal and Cactus Houses will run May 1st through September 30th. There are additional ADA improvements which are necessary and will extend the construction time a bit longer than initially anticipated. We’ll keep you informed when they are finalized.
If you are in need of a little break from our suddenly grey and damp weather, stop by and check out the Conservatory The Orchid collection is outdoing itself this year; the display in the Palm House is spectacular! Additionally, don’t forget to look up while touring through the Palm House. The Giant, White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) has multiple flowers overhead.
Remember that the Conservatory, in conjunction with the Seattle Asian Art Museum, is Free on 1st Thursdays and Saturdays of the month.
I would like to extend a THANK YOU to everyone that responded to my request for volunteers in the November 2013 newsletter. We are currently looking for people that would be interested in serving on the Board of Directors. Please email me with your interest at: email@example.com
Thank you for your continued support of the Friends of the Conservatory.
President, Board of Directors
By Claire Woodward, Ph.D
Friends of the Conservatory Gift Shop Director
Anthuriums are stalwarts of Volunteer Park Conservatory’s tropical displays and can be seen in their full glory in the palm and fern houses right now. The picture below shows three of the species that Volunteer Park Conservatory has in its collection. The King Anthurium (A.veitchii) has large leathery, spear shaped leaves that can reach six feet in length. Anthurium jenmanii has leathery club shaped leaves.
There are over 1000 species in the Anthurium genus which are in the Araceae family. Fellow Aroids include many of the plants that you will see alongside Anthuriums in the conservatory such as Spathyphyllums, Caladiums, and the spectacular Corpse Lily (Amorphophallus titanum). As diverse as they may seem, all are characterized by the flowers being arranged in spirals on a fleshy spike called the spadix. Once pollinated the flowers produce bright colored berries along the spadix. Many have a colored bract (modified leaf), called the spathe which is joined to the base of the spadix and held above the foliage by the peduncle or inflorescence stalk. Anthurium species native range extends from the rainforests in Northern Mexico to Northern Argentina and the Caribbean islands.
Volunteer Park Conservatory senior gardener David Helgeson believes Anthuriums are easy to nurture as houseplants:
“Anthuriums are generally easy keepers provided their basic needs are met. Anthuriums require bright indirect light for maximum health and bloom development. Water regularly, alternating every other watering with a half strength general purpose house plant fertilizer. The frequency of water will obviously depend on your particular circumstances such as light availability, temperature and so forth. The ideal to aim for is to keep the plant medium evenly moist without being soggy or wet. Do not let the pot sit in a saucer of water. The potting medium needs to be airy and well drained, and should be comprised of two thirds large particles of Orchid bark, course peat, or chunks of coconut fiber, mixed withonethird regular potting soil. Anthuriums are Tropical Aroids mainly from South America and as such require temperatures of at least 65°F or higher. Avoid cold drafts or the direct heat of a radiator or heat register. Also Anthuriums enjoy higher humidity than average house plants, such as might be achieved in a bathroom or laundry area. You can use the pebble and tray method to increase humidity around the plant provided the plant does not sit in water. These plants are essentially epiphytic in nature. In the wild they root freely from their stems as they climb up into trees reaching for light and access to pollinators and so maintaining maximum air circulation and free drainage of moisture around the roots is essential to good root/plant health.”
If you need a break from the Seattle winter come in to the tropical paradise on the hill and see the Conservatory’s Anthuriums in all their splendor.
Looking for unique tropical way to start your Valentine’s Day?
Join the Friends of the Conservatory at a very special cocktail hour experience on Valentine’s Day, February 14th from 5 – 8 PM among romantic and starlit houses of the Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Bring your sweetie, or come by to make a new friend or two at one of Seattle’s most romantic and historic locations
The cocktails will feature spirits from The Hardware Distillery, a local, artisanal distiller, of fine gins, bee’s knees, whiskies and aquavit in Hoodsport, Washington, and will be paired with a selection of sumptuous appetizers from local eateries.
Purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or at the Palm House Gift Shop.
Online Sales for this event are closed. There may be a few tickets available for purchase at the door.
$20 with FOC membership; $25 without.
(Ticket includes $4.00 admission charge)
Choose a 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm tasting!
This is a 21-and-over event.
Please enjoy responsibly!