Wright Park Arboretum

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Wright Park and Seymour Conservatory
Seymour Conservatory.jpg
The Seymour Conservatory
Wright Park Arboretum is located in Washington (state)
Wright Park Arboretum
LocationTacoma, Washington
Coordinates47°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
ArchitectE. O. Schwagerl; Et al.
Architectural styleVictorian Style
NRHP reference #76001904 [1]
Added to NRHPOctober 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 Victorian-style conservatory located in Wright Park. Built in 1907, it was 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.

The conservatory was featured in several scenes in the 1992 film The Hand that Rocks the Cradle,[3] starring Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay and directed by Curtis Hanson.

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

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ McGinnis 2007, p. 7
  3. ^ "Wright Park Tacoma". About.com Travel. Retrieved 2016-01-14.


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

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