Friday, May 10, 2019

Volunteer Park Conservatory, #Seattle - Saturday Snapshot, Jo's Monday Walk, & Our World Tuesday

There's nothing quite like a cool, sunny day to enjoy the beauty of Seattle's spring. After walking from the Arboretum to Volunteer Park, I visited the Conservatory for the first time. Here are a few photos from that excursion.

According to the conservatory website, the original structure was constructed in the 1920s but had fallen into disrepair and been condemned. After twenty years of work, the restored Victorian-inspired greenhouse was completed in 2014. 

Here are a few of the many plants inside. Some of these seem to be Christmas cactus, or at least relatives of that plant.





A room full of hydrangeas, ferns, lilies, and more.


A few of the many plants in the orchid collection.




I'm not sure what this is, but it reminds me of an anthurium. 


More info about the Volunteer Park Conservatory HERE.

NOTE: I also took this hike in 2016. The link to photos from that outing is HERE.

Here's a map of our walk. This isn't the exact route we took from the Arboretum to Volunteer Park, because we detoured through more green space. We had a picnic at Volunteer Park, then walked back to the Arboretum. Our route covered about six miles round trip. As you can see from the map, there are miles of trails to explore within the Arboretum. The springtime blooms of azaleas, rhododendrons, bulbs, and trees are spectacular.










I'm linked with:
Jo's Monday Walk -  Johanna at Restless Jo - Link HERE
Our World Tuesday - Link HERE
Saturday Snapshot - Melinda at A Web of Stories - Link HERE 

29 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

Looks like a lovely day at the conservatory. The flowers are all gorgeous. Happy Mother's Day weekend.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

These flowers are so beautiful that they don't look real. I'm glad this conservatory was restored. A group is currently converting an old golf course into the Houston Botanic Garden. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

csuhpat1 said...

So very lovely. I miss U-DUB. I was stationed at Bremerton Naval Shipyard back in the day. What a wonderful part of the country.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

eileeninmd: We chose the perfect day to visit the conservatory and surrounding gardens. I'll post more photos next week.

Deb: I'm glad to hear that Houston is creating a botanic garden. Guess they'll have to wait for the flooding to subside first, won't they?

csuhpat1: Yes, I'm lucky to live in such a beautiful area. Too bad we've been receiving record-breaking temperatures lately. I hope that's not a trend.

Colleen L. Reece said...

Lovely.! Once again you have taken me on an outing! Thanks.

judy said...

Beautiful photos, Sandy.

betty-NZ said...

Wow, what fabulous color! I love places like this.

Joyful said...

Seattle is such a beautiful city and the conservatory and all the plants look wonderful.

Michelle said...

Such gorgeous flowers! And unusual ones. Fantastic photos!

magiceye said...

Marvelous captures!

Fun60 said...

My kind of place. So much colour and variety. Bringing the conservatory back to life must bring so much enjoyment to so many people.

Shiju Sugunan said...

Beautiful blooms!

Little Wandering Wren said...

Hi from the land of orchids! I have enjoyed a little wander with you today amidst your stunning plants, what a lovely walk.
Wren x

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

I'm so glad they restored the conservatory. It's a beautiful structure and your photos of the flowers are so beautiful! Thanks for taking us through it.

Hootin' Anni said...

I have those. They're night blooming here, and they are ephillyum (not sure of the spelling). And they DO look like christmas cactus.

Hootin' Anni said...

I have those. They're night blooming here, and they are ephillyum (not sure of the spelling). And they DO look like christmas cactus.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you, Hootin' Anni, for identifying those plants.

carol l mckenna said...

What a lovely place and beautiful macro floral shots!

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Billy Blue Eyes said...

Some beautiful plants there, the place reminds me of Crystal palace

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Six miles!! I hope you ate your Wheaties that morning. What a walk.

I loved the conservatory. I love ours in Tulsa in the winter when it is cold and windy outside, and inside it is warm and moist.

Colleen Looseleaf said...

THAT was some lovely good medicine.

dee Nambiar said...

So pretty.
I see that you are making the most of the season. How were the rains up there in the Pacific Northwest this winter?

Al said...

That looks beautiful. I love Seattle!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Those flowers are extraordinary! Just beautiful!

Ela said...

Wow !! What a beautiful place to visit ! I love all these pretty flowers!
Thanks for sharing your great photos.
Greetings

Sharon said...

The row of hydrangeas is SO beautiful!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely flower portraits and it looks like it was a beautiful blue sky day in Seattle! My sister and BIL live in Seattle and a few years ago took us to the conservatory ... they had that rare s plant blooming that smells like death,it was a big deal. ... I’ll have to look at my own old blog post to remember more about it (LOL, why I blog!). So that was interesting, but I more loved the other flowers and the whole history of the park and buildings ... it was a love,y experience.

Stewart M said...

Great looking place - the green house is very similar to some we have in Melbourne's gardens - maybe built at the same time.

There are some many different ways to be a flower!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sharon Wagner said...

Beautiful! I miss having flowering cactus.