Wright Park Arboretum. Photo: River Meschi

Wright Park Arboretum

Photo: River Meschi



Built in 1908, the Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park is an exciting place to learn about plants and to view exotic specimens from around the world. In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, “Ethnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants” (September 5-October 12, 2014), the Conservatory is presenting an onsite lecture series on topics including urban horticulture, Pacific Northwest ethnobotany and food gardening. Tickets available by phone (253/ 591-5330) and at the Conservatory starting August 8!

* August 21, 5-6pm “The Chocolate Experience” – Seattle chocolatier Theo Chocolate offers education about the cacao tree and shares a sampling of amazing chocolates. RSVP at 253/ 591-5330 to. Admission free; suggested donation, $3
* September 10, 6-7pm – “An Edible Garden Lifestyle” presented by popular local gardening expert, and Urban Garden Company owner, Sue Goetz. Tickets $10

10520498_10152166726956022_1366616901_n* September 17, 6-7pm – John Valentine, an expert in year-round food production lectures on “The Winter Harvest”. The maritime Pacific Northwest offers a small and unique sub-climate for food growing. Learn about what makes it so, which varieties of crop overwinter best, and different strategies for planting. Tomatoes in December, lettuce in January, potatoes in March, and sweet corn in June are possible! Tickets $3
* September 21, 10-11am“Tacoma Loves Coffee”. Take part in an aromatic and educational coffee tasting with AJ Anderson from Valhalla Coffee. RSVP at 253/ 591-5330. Included with $3 admission <??>
* October 8, 6-7pm – “Pacific Northwest Ethnobotany” presented by Heidi Bohan, author of The People of Cascadia: Pacific Northwest Native American History. Tickets $10
* October 22, 6-7pm – Permaculture specialist Kelda Lorax presents “The Wonders of a Food Forest”. Learn about a one-acre land parcel in Swan Creek Park being devoted to growing fruits, nuts, mushrooms, and vegetables within a functioning forest! RSVP at 253/ 591-5330. $3 admission

Photo: River Meschi

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