As I have been saying Seattle is fantastic. There were two areas in particular that I wanted to showcase that deserved their own post. The Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Gas Works Park.
The Volunteer Park Conservatory is tiny Eden in the middle of the city. If you love gardens, or even if you don’t, please visit this gem. I believe the cost is $4 a person, and they have a small ticket machine that takes credit card.
From their site, The Conservatory, a Victorian greenhouse modeled on London’s Crystal Palace, stands at the north end of Volunteer Park, designed by the Olmsted brothers, in Seattle’s north Capitol Hill neighborhood. Professional horticulturists with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation care for the Conservatory’s collections, including bromeliads, palms, ferns, cacti, and seasonal display plants.
As a registered US Fish and Wildlife repository for confiscated plants, the Conservatory also acquires, quarantines, and later displays restricted orchids, cycads, and other plants seized by USFW agents.
Isn’t that cool?
Look at this spectacular space! It’s a lovely, multi-sectioned greenhouse space. I wanted something really light and whimsical for this day, so I chose this seersucker blouse with embroidered cherries from Draper James and thought I’d go fully fruity and added my berry dress from J.Crew. Put on a bow hat from Tuckernuck, and this outfit was perfectly darling!
There was an entire greenhouse of succulents and cacti!
It smelled incredible!
The Gas Works Park is a public park combining old industrial with waterfront and greens. It also appeared in the background of 10 Things I Hate About You (yes, my entire knowledge of Seattle came from Sleepless in Seattle and 10 Things…). It is constructed at the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company Plant.
It’s an incredible city scape and the seaplanes are constantly taking off and landing.
Our friends the Kirchers joined us for this excursion.
The park literally has two different bridge views!
There are so many bridges in Seattle. This is underneath the Fremont Bridge.
That pretty much wraps up our Seattle adventures. Here’s a parting shot of Mt. Rainier. Doesn’t it look like a cloud? If you get the chance to visit Seattle, please do. It’s a spectacular city and we fell more and more in love with it each day! Can’t wait to return someday!