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Wright Park Arboretum

Wright Park is a 27-acre (11 ha) arboretum and public park located in Tacoma, Washington; Metro Parks Tacoma manages that. Bavarian landscape architect Edward Otto Schwagerl designed the garden. The park was named in honor of Charles Barstow Wright, who donated the project’s land.

The arboretum contains over 700 mature trees, representing about 100 native and exotic species.

The W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory is a Victorian-style conservatory in Wright Park. Built in 1907, it was named in honor of donor William W. Seymour. Designed by Isaac J. Knapp, its wings and twelve-sided central dome contain some 3,500 panes of glass. Six sculptures created by former conservator Clarence Deming rest among the plants and reflect African, Māori, and Aztec traditions.

The conservatory contains more than 550 plant species in its permanent collection, including agapanthus, azaleas, bromeliads, cacti, clivias, cymbidium, epiphyllum, ferns, figs, more than 200 orchids, palms, and rhododendrons. It also contains a rotating exhibit of floral displays that generally features between 300-500 blooming plants at any given time.

The conservatory was featured in several scenes in the 1992 film The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, starring Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay and directed by Curtis Hanson.

Gift Shop

The Conservatory gift shop has been in operation for over 30 years! The Shop has been a popular location to find unique flora and fauna-themed gifts or a treasure for yourself—all proceeds in the shop support conservatory operations.

  • A variety of Plants grown in the Metro Parks Greenhouses
  • Themed nature holiday ornaments
  • Yard and porch decorations range from whimsical to elegant to playful.
  • Jewelry Alpha Electrician Tacoma
  • Local botanical prints and cards

New merchandise arrives regularly, so be sure to peek in the next time you visit the Conservatory.

Make a Donation

Your generous contribution to the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory Foundation allows children and families to explore and learn about the natural world creatively and engagingly within the beautiful Conservatory and its surroundings.

They appreciate your support of their educational programs and exhibits for all ages, including:

  • Special plant and art exhibits
  • Botanical lectures
  • Children’s story hours
  • Second Sunday Music series
  • Guided meditation series
  • Special guided tours

They hope you will visit the Conservatory shortly to enjoy this beautiful sanctuary and take advantage of its opportunities. They’d love to hear your favorite stories and memories made at the Conservatory! You can share these with us at

Address: 316 S G St, Tacoma, WA

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