Wright Park Arboretum

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Wright Park and Seymour Conservatory
Seymour Conservatory.jpg
The Seymour Conservatory
Location Tacoma, Washington
Coordinates 47°15′37″N 122°26′54″W / 47.2603°N 122.4483°W / 47.2603; -122.4483Coordinates: 47°15′37″N 122°26′54″W / 47.2603°N 122.4483°W / 47.2603; -122.4483
Built 1886
Architect Schwageral,E.O.; Et al.
Architectural style Victorian Style
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP October 8, 1976

Wright Park is a 27-acre (11 ha) arboretum and public park located in Tacoma, Washington that is managed by Metro Parks Tacoma. The park was designed by Bavarian landscape architect Edward Otto Schwagerl.[2]

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

The W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory is a greenhouse located in Wright Park.

The Victorian-style conservatory was built in 1907, and named in honor of donor William W. Seymour. 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.

360° panorama of the Wright Park Arboretum in downtown Tacoma, Washington as seen on a summer afternoon.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ McGinnis 2007, p. 7


  • McGinnis, Melissa; Beard-Simpkins, Doreen (2007). Tacoma's Parks. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-4896-0. 

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