Friends of the Conservatory at Volunteer Park
The FOC, cooperating with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, sponsored the 1980 – 1985 architectural restoration of the Conservatory building. In 1983 the FOC and the City developed a Conservatory expansion plan. The Gift Shop/Resource Center opened in February, 2003.
Currently the FOC is raising $3.5 million to complete the restoration of the Seasonal and Cactus Houses, as well as working closely with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the City Council to transition the Conservatory to a sustainable business model.
From its beginning as an emergency restorer, the FOC has continued to evolve, helping the Conservatory fulfill many facets of its mission, including financial, educational, and events support. The FOC helps fund the Conservatory’s orchid collection, pays for descriptive tour materials and environmental education, and contributes to the Plant Acquisition Fund.