West Seattle Blog... » Gardening http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:40:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 BIZNOTE: West Seattle Nursery expansion work starts next week http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-west-seattle-nursery-expansion-work-starts-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/biznote-west-seattle-nursery-expansion-work-starts-next-week/#comments Wed, 07 Oct 2015 20:18:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325217

That’s a rendering of the new expansion building that West Seattle Nursery is about to start work on next door. We reported on the expansion plan early last year. Nursery owner Mark Smith owns the old house on the site and had hoped to give it to someone who would be interested in moving it to another location, but that didn’t work out, so it will be demolished next Monday. The expansion is designed by Parie Hines of LD Arch Design (WSB sponsor) will include “a new houseplant and gift shop; a coffee bar; a classroom; storage; and office space.” (Find more details of the building, especially its sustainability features, on the LD Arch Design website.) This will clear the way for the original WSN building to have an expanded garden center with more tools, accessories, and furniture. The project – to be built by Ventana Construction (also a WSB sponsor) – is expected to be finished by the end of March.

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You can help! 2016 West Seattle Garden Tour needs tending http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/you-can-help-2016-west-seattle-garden-tour-needs-tending/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/you-can-help-2016-west-seattle-garden-tour-needs-tending/#comments Sat, 29 Aug 2015 03:15:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321126

(WSB photo from 2015 WS Garden Tour)

You love gardening … you love helping others enjoy gardening … how about helping grow a 2016 >West Seattle Garden Tour that will inspire and delight? From the WSGT:

The West Seattle Garden Tour is looking for new committee members to join the West Seattle Garden Tour to help produce our July,2016 Garden tour.

We have open volunteer opportunities, including PR & Marketing, Sponsorship, Graphic Design as well as several administrative positions. We’re a lively committee that meets monthly to discuss the business processes of moving the West Seattle Garden Tour forward toward our July, 2016 tour day that benefits many local non-profits.

For more information, please call Clay Swidler — PR Chair at 206-669-4653.

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Make West Seattle greener with ‘free’ trees! City has conifers, if you have places to plant them http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/make-west-seattle-greener-with-free-trees-city-has-conifers-if-you-have-places-to-plant-them/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/make-west-seattle-greener-with-free-trees-city-has-conifers-if-you-have-places-to-plant-them/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:59:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320784 Once again this year, the city has trees in search of homes – maybe even your neighborhood. From Katie Gibbons:

Could your yard use a beautiful new tree? You’re in luck! Through the City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods project, Seattle residents can apply for up to 4 free trees for their yard or planting strip. Participants receive free trees, water bags, mulch, and planting and care instruction.

While many of this year’s small ornamentals have sold out, you can still apply for 1 of 5 gorgeous conifers that will add beauty and grace to your yard. If you have the space, consider planting one of three native conifers we’re offering this year: the grand fir, the western hemlock, or the western red cedar. For small, narrow spaces, plant the graceful Serbian spruce. Consider the deciduous bald cypress and enjoy its changing color and soft beautiful foliage. Bald cypresses are excellent urban trees because of their adaptability, even winning the Society of Municipal Arborists’ Tree of the Year award!

To learn more about this year’s species, space requirement, and to apply, go here.

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West Seattle businesses: Welcome back, Monetti Landscape Design and Construction! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-businesses-welcome-back-monetti-landscape-design-and-construction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-businesses-welcome-back-monetti-landscape-design-and-construction/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 22:30:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320775 Monetti Landscape Design and Construction, LLC, is reopening in West Seattle, and has rejoined the WSB sponsor team. Here’s how they’re sharing the news:

As some of you know, Mitch Monetti, owner of long-time West Seattle Blog sponsor Monetti Landscape Design and Construction, LLC, moved to Vermont two years ago with his family. While they all agree that it was an interesting adventure, Mitch says West Seattle is home and he is thrilled to be back with his family. Two cross-country moves (in two years) is enough for a lifetime, and he is ready to focus on helping West Seattleites transform their yards into outdoor living spaces.

If you dream of a water feature, a planting bed, a fire pit, a deck, a wall, a fence or a patio, we can do it all. With 15 years of experience, you have likely seen some of our projects in your neighborhood. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 206-938-5400 to discuss your landscaping needs.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Puget Sound Beekeepers Association hosts Kids’ Day at WS Bee Garden http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-weekend-scene-puget-sound-beekeepers-association-hosts-kids-day-at-ws-bee-garden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-weekend-scene-puget-sound-beekeepers-association-hosts-kids-day-at-ws-bee-garden/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 18:51:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320675

Thanks to West Seattle Bee Garden founder Lauren Englund for sharing photos from one of this weekend’s big events – the first Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Kids’ Day at the WSBG.

Lauren reports, “It was jam-packed with learning and fun – kids were engaged in all of the activities (bee anatomy game, flower/pollination worksheets, pollination simulation, waggle dance, scavenger hunt, and especially the bee demonstration).”

She adds, “Good times and great people – I was very impressed by everyone’s eagerness to learn. Many thanks to the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association!” You can visit the Bee Garden any time on the north side of High Point Commons Park at 31st and Graham.

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SATURDAY: West Seattle Bee Garden hosts first-ever Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Kids’ Day http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/saturday-west-seattle-bee-garden-hosts-first-ever-puget-sound-beekeepers-association-kids-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/saturday-west-seattle-bee-garden-hosts-first-ever-puget-sound-beekeepers-association-kids-day/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:32:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320277

(Photo by Ann Anderson)

Where would we be without bees? Your favorite kid(s) can learn more about them at the West Seattle Bee Garden on Saturday, during the first-ever Kids Day presented by the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association! WSBG founder Lauren Englund shares the news:

Beekeepers from the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association are gearing up for the first PSBA Kids’ Day!

The day will begin with a story time hosted by the Seattle Public Library, followed by a variety of science activities. Kids will join a group and rotate through a live hive demonstration, scavenger hunt, and activity booths.

Booth themes will include Waggle Dance, Pollination Simulation, Bee and Flower Facts, Honey Tasting, Meet the Beekeepers, and Crafts.

Participation is free – we hope everyone can come join the fun! We recommend arriving a few minutes early to get assigned to your group before the Story Time begins. Registration/Sign-in will begin at 9:30 am. Parents/Chaperones, please plan to enjoy the event along with your attendees

Know if you can make it? Great! Please register here. Not sure? That’s ok. Walk-ins will be welcome too!

Registration helps them figure out how many kids to plan for, but again, it’s not mandatory. You can find out more about Kids’ Day on the WS Bee Garden’s website; if you’ve never been there before, here’s how/where to find it.

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West Seattle Urban Farm Tour: See whose homes rule the roost! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-urban-farm-tour-see-whose-homes-rule-the-roost/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/west-seattle-urban-farm-tour-see-whose-homes-rule-the-roost/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:44:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317518

That painting by JoEllen Wang will soon be a familiar sight – it’s on posters for the West Seattle Urban Farm Tour that’s just been announced by WS-based Seattle Farm School, whose Katie Stemp shares the news:

I’m organizing a one-day tour of urban agriculture sites all around West Seattle. It will be Saturday, August 8 from 10 am – 3 pm and include more than 15 locations including private homes, community gardens, school gardens, and organizations that promote and support urban farming here in our community! It’s only $12 for adults and FREE for all kids under 18! Very family-friendly!

Buy your ticket online here, where you’ll also find more info about the tour.

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PHOTOS: Cool sights on a hot day @ West Seattle Garden Tour http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/happening-now-cool-sights-on-a-hot-day-west-seattle-garden-tour/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/happening-now-cool-sights-on-a-hot-day-west-seattle-garden-tour/#comments Sun, 19 Jul 2015 19:42:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317168

FIRST REPORT, 12:42 PM: Nine local homes have hundreds of visitors trekking through their front and/or back and/or side yards today on the West Seattle Garden Tour, continuing through 5 pm. We just visited a featured stop north of Morgan Junction, where even this bit of water looked invitingly cooling.

Wherever you go, stop to admire the smallest details – like the mix of colors here in this tiny patch of peppers:

The WSGT (with co-sponsors including WSB) is a unique fundraiser – proceeds are split among local nonprofits; this year’s beneficiaries will be ArtsWest, CityFruit, Plant Amnesty‘s Urban Forest Symposium, Seattle Chinese Garden Society, Lettuce Link, Southwest Seattle Historical Society, and the West Seattle Farmers’ Market. (Arts-, horticulture-, and education-related nonprofits can find out here how to apply for consideration.)

SECOND REPORT, 5:31 PM: We stopped by another garden on the tour, this time in Westwood. Many wonderful touches, both in the plants and the art/decorations:

One of the signature features of the West Seattle Garden Tour is that so many of the featured gardens are charming yet not imposing – you can appreciate the creativity and take away an idea or two.

This year’s tour is now over – watch for word of 2016 plans!

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SUNDAY: West Seattle Garden Tour! Not too late for tickets http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/sunday-west-seattle-garden-tour-not-too-late-for-tickets/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/sunday-west-seattle-garden-tour-not-too-late-for-tickets/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:27:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=317008 Before today gets too much busier, a quick reminder about a big event tomorrow (one that we’re proud to be co-sponsoring) – the West Seattle Garden Tour, 9 am-5 pm on Sunday, with nine fabulous local gardens on display, to be explored at your own pace. You do need a ticket – so buy one today at West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon) or Junction True Value Hardware (44th/Edmunds). As organizers note, “Along with admission to all nine gardens, your ticket includes award-winning spotlight lecturer Phil Wood‘s talk about residential-garden design at 12:30 pm on tour day at The Kenney.” Last-minute tickets will be available tomorrow morning ONLY at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor), 8:30 am-11:30 am, but don’t wait – just go get yours today at WSN or True Value.

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SATURDAY: Urban Farm Tour, with 4 West Seattle sites, including 1 award-winning ‘farm’! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/saturday-urban-farm-tour-with-4-west-seattle-sites-including-1-award-winning-farm/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/saturday-urban-farm-tour-with-4-west-seattle-sites-including-1-award-winning-farm/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:20:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=316063

Four West Seattle urban farms are on the list of 25 that you can tour around the city on Saturday, during Seattle Tilth‘s Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour – and one of them, “Buried Treasure,” has won a pre-tour award! Buried Treasure (whose urban farmers are shown in a Tilth-provided photo above) have received the “Garden to the Max” award for attributes including efficient use of space. Theirs is one of four West Seattle stops on this year’s tour, which is already in our calendar, but if you haven’t caught it there yet, here’s the description from the Tilth announcement: “Meet people who are incorporating animals and unique gardens into their home landscapes on a self-guided tour. See unique coops, see goats, ducks, bunnies, and bees, and learn what it takes to have a dynamic urban farm. Go on an urban adventure! Tickets are just $12 and $5 for kids, with discounts for groups, bicyclists, and Seattle Tilth members.” Go here to find out more.

P.S. For a sneak peek at all the award-winners, including more photos from the one West Seattle winner, go here.

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2 weeks until West Seattle Garden Tour 2015. Get ticketed! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/2-weeks-until-west-seattle-garden-tour-2015-get-ticketed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/07/2-weeks-until-west-seattle-garden-tour-2015-get-ticketed/#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:44:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=315721

(Photo by Clay Swidler)
Exactly two weeks from today, nine local gardens will be open to ticketholders who can wander all they want during the all-day self-guided West Seattle Garden Tour (with co-sponsors including WSB), 9 am-5 pm on Sunday, July 19th. You can take care of the ticketing right now so you’ll be ready to go when tour day arrives. In West Seattle, buy yours at West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon) or Junction True Value Hardware (44th/Edmunds); online, you can get ticketed at Brown Paper Tickets. Along with admission to all nine gardens, your ticket includes award-winning spotlight lecturer Phil Wood‘s talk about residential-garden design at 12:30 pm on tour day at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Bonus: As always, the tour’s net proceeds help local nonprofits (see this year’s list here).

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Season-opening day for High Point Market Garden Farm Stand http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/happening-now-season-opening-day-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/happening-now-season-opening-day-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:43:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=314627

Summer weather arrived early, and it’s led to an early opening for the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand, selling freshly harvested vegetables grown steps away, at 32nd and Juneau. Today is the first of the farm stand’s weekly selling sessions between 4 and 7 pm on Wednesdays – while there, we noted peas on sale for $3/pound and a variety of other veggies, including greens, leaf lettuce, and root vegetables, on sale for $2/bunch. We also were there for a blessing by The Venerable Soveth Mountain from Wat Dhammacakkaram Khmer Buddhist Temple, dedicating the stand’s season:

The words of gratitude, as printed on a commemorative card:

Thank you, earth, for this food,
Thank you to the gardeners who till this soil,
Thank you to the sellers who bring the food to market,
Thank you for this abundance,
Which we accept in grace and deep gratitude.

The stand is extra-abundant this year because of a new partnership with the urban farmers of ROAR (Roots Of All Roads), who are selling at a table by the stand – what’s there today is from Hillman City, we were told:

They’re also offering samples of a squash salad prepared with some of the items on sale today. Again, if you don’t make it there by 7 pm, stop by next Wednesday, 4-7 pm, and see what’s fresh. The Market Garden, by the way, is tended by community farmers, in partnership with the city Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Garden program.

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More fresh-grown food! High Point Market Garden farm stand opens this Wednesday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/more-fresh-grown-food-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand-opens-this-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/more-fresh-grown-food-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand-opens-this-wednesday/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:34:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=314465

(WSB photo, looking eastward across the garden this afternoon)

It’s a mini-farm in the middle of a residential neighborhood – the High Point Market Garden. Every summer, its farm stand offers a weekly chance to buy fresh-grown produce steps from where it’s grown, and the city Department of Neighborhoods sent word that this Wednesday is opening day. Just-harvested organic produce will be on sale 4 pm-7 pm at the farm stand at 32nd and Juneau (map), every Wednesday from this week through September 30th. EBT cards are accepted and the stand participates in Fresh Bucks, doubling the first $10 spent on the card. The announcement adds, “A new feature at the High Point Farm Stand will be the ROAR mobile farm stand that sells produce grown by local farmers across Puget Sound. ROAR, which stands for Roots of All Roads, is focused on connecting community with locally grown produce and sharing new ways to enjoy it.” DoN oversees the High Point Market Garden (one of two in the city – the other is at NewHolly) as part of its P-Patch program.

TUESDAY P.S. We noticed the city webpage for the program had listed a later opening date, in July; the warm, dry weather that’s led so many gardens to bloom earlier has also accelerated food gardens like this, so the date was moved up.

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5 weeks till West Seattle Garden Tour: Poster artist honored http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/5-weeks-till-west-seattle-garden-tour-poster-artist-honored/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/06/5-weeks-till-west-seattle-garden-tour-poster-artist-honored/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 20:53:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=313545

One more scene from this month’s West Seattle Art Walk, this past Thursday: Winning 2015 West Seattle Garden Tour poster artist Gretchen Flickinger was honored. Her work was on display at West Seattle Windermere in The Junction; that’s where WSGT president Jan Clow presented her with the $500 check for winning. (That’s the poster art behind them.) This year’s WSGT (co-sponsored by WSB) is on Sunday, July 19th; your ticket book gets you admission to nine great gardens (and includes their locations) plus Phil Wood‘s midday lecture on garden design. You’ll soon be able to buy yours at West Seattle Nursery or Junction True Value.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Barton P-Patch welcomes spring http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-barton-p-patch-welcomes-spring/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-barton-p-patch-welcomes-spring/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 02:01:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310574

In Westwood today, a spring ritual for the Barton Street P-Patch – the wood-burning masonry oven was fired up for a round of community bagel-baking.

The garden is in its fourth full growing season, and some of what’s grown is donated, too:

It’s one of eight community P-Patches in West Seattle, according to this city-created map.

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