West Seattle’s Walker Rock Garden to be open tomorrow for Mother’s Day visitors

(Photo by Fred Ueckert of FJU Photography)
What used to be a West Seattle Mother’s Day tradition is coming back tomorrow after skipping a few years. Brad Cooper, the real-estate broker who has long represented the Walker Rock Garden property in West Seattle, says it will be open for Mother’s Day tomorrow, noon-3 pm. The rock creations comprising the “garden” were a labor of love by the home’s longtime residents, the late Milton and Florence Walker, as explained in this “West Seattle 101” chapter republished on WSB.

(2011 photo by Ellen Cedergreen)
Three years ago, it was put up for sale, but records indicated no deal was made, and it went off the market until late last year; the listing is still “active,” meaning no buyer so far. It used to be open to visitors on Mother’s Day, as well as other scattered times of the year, but hasn’t had announced opens on Mother’s Day or another day recently. But Cooper just e-mailed to ask us to let you know that it will be open tomorrow. It’s at 5407 37th SW (map).

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5 Replies to "West Seattle's Walker Rock Garden to be open tomorrow for Mother's Day visitors"

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    Clay Eals May 10, 2014 (7:08 pm)

    This rare opportunity is a true gift. It cannot be appreciated fully without an in-person visit. Big thanks to Brad Cooper for the initiative to honor the legacy of the Walkers and to share this treasure — by any definition a West Seattle landmark.

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    Jeannie May 10, 2014 (8:22 pm)

    I agree with Clay. This is wonderful news! I have thought about the Walker Rock Garden from time to time, hoping it was still intact. It truly is a treasure; I hope lots of people come out to see and appreciate it.

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    AHMom2 May 10, 2014 (8:56 pm)

    The Walker garden is amazing. That is so awesome that they are opening it up tomorrow. So very generous.

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    alki resident May 11, 2014 (6:47 am)

    Im almost in tears thinking about this. I went as a child in the early 80’s, then took my kids when they were very young. Now I can do it all again today. Thank you Im excited to be able to go.

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    enviromaven May 11, 2014 (10:51 am)

    Folk art at the highest level…there’s gotta be a way to save some of these structures.

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