Gardening – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:20:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 Going on this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour? You’ll be helping with seven projects, including saving a Junction mural http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/going-on-this-years-west-seattle-garden-tour-youll-be-helping-with-seven-projects-including-saving-a-junction-mural/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/going-on-this-years-west-seattle-garden-tour-youll-be-helping-with-seven-projects-including-saving-a-junction-mural/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 01:14:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914039 (WSB photo, taken this morning)

That’s the “Mosquito Fleet” mural on the east side of the city-landmark Campbell Building in the heart of The Junction – vandalized and fading, but now slated for some help. The West Seattle Garden Tour (coming up on June 24th) has announced its 2018 beneficiaries – the nonprofit efforts that will get grants from the tour’s proceeds – and one is the West Seattle Junction Association, with the money earmarked specifically for restoration of that mural. The other beneficiaries will be:

*ArtsWest (for its Theater Education Program)
*The Arboretum at South Seattle College (for a new message hub and kiosk)
*Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden (for the design and construction of a Victory Garden)
*Little Red Hen Project (for an artistic and functional trellis in its “Winter Feast Garden”)
*PlantAmnesty (to help fund its 10th annual Urban Forest Symposium)
*Seattle Chinese Garden on Puget Ridge (to enhance it with three varieties of camellias)

You’ll find more information about the beneficiaries are on the WSGT website. WSGT expects to raise more than $26,000 for the seven projects, through tour tickets (which you can buy online right now), the tour-day raffle, and sponsorship revenue.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Getting greens in the ground at Puget Ridge Edible Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-greens-in-the-ground-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-getting-greens-in-the-ground-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 03:35:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913493 (WSB photos)

The weekend weather improved just in time for one of the last spotlight events of the day – this afternoon’s planting party at Puget Ridge Edible Park (18th/Brandon – map).

Stu Hennessey (above center, standing) and other community members pitched the plan to Seattle Parks 8+ years ago, and the city bought the site with levy money. We reported on the site’s history back in 2011.

Today, volunteers were planting lettuce today; other greens planted earlier in the year are coming in. You can get involved both with tending PREP and sharing in the harvest – monthly work parties are always the second Sunday this time of year, 4-6 pm, so the next one is Sunday, May 13th – bring tools and seeds if you have them!

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SUNDAY: Join the planting party at Puget Ridge Edible Park http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/sunday-join-the-planting-party-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/sunday-join-the-planting-party-at-puget-ridge-edible-park/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:31:37 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913264

Another idea for your weekend, if you’re not out of town for spring break – one of West Seattle’s newest parks could use some help this Sunday. From Stu Hennessey:

Get an early start on Earth Week by attending the Puget Ridge Edible Park garden party this Sunday from 4-6 pm. We will be ready to plant a few beds of lettuces and other greens. We also will need some muscle to erect a grape trellis and move a table.

Peas, parsnips, and radishes are already up and doing well. This year we have over 40 planting beds so come help us bring local and nutritious food to Puget Ridge.

The park is at 5265 18th SW and has been years in the making.

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DREAM COME TRUE: Arbor Heights Elementary garden party http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/dream-come-true-arbor-heights-elementary-garden-party/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/dream-come-true-arbor-heights-elementary-garden-party/#comments Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:24:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912802

Thanks to Krista for the photos and report on the garden party that just wrapped up at Arbor Heights Elementary:

Dream of teacher Marcia Ingerslev to see the new Arbor Heights Elementary school garden go in! Families, staff and community members were here working.

From left, teachers Marcia Ingerslev, Megan O’Neil, and Emma Cornwell:

AHES principal Christy Collins (below right) was there to dig in, too!:

Some backstory on the garden is here – including an explanation that the work was to include “creating a wheelchair accessible garden area, planting a sensory garden, transplanting shrubs, and weeding and mulching around garden beds.” (We’ve reported on Ms. Ingerslev’s garden projects in the past, long before AHES’s new school was built.)

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See West Seattle Garden Tour’s winning 2018 art, ‘Garden Fantasia’! http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/see-west-seattle-garden-tours-winning-2018-art-garden-fantasia/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/see-west-seattle-garden-tours-winning-2018-art-garden-fantasia/#comments Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:19:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912314 (Images courtesy West Seattle Garden Tour)

Only three months until this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour – and today, the WSGT has just unveiled the art you’ll see on this year’s poster:

West Seattle Garden Tour announced today the artwork titled Garden Fantasia [photo above] by Edgewood artist Doreen Koch Allen [photo right] has been selected as the winner of this year’s annual art competition.

Ms. Allen is best known for her exuberant, color-infused paintings. Working primarily in watercolor and mixed media, inclusive of pastels and acrylics, her creations are often whimsical and playful. Ms. Allen’s deep love of nature and its offerings of detail, pattern, texture, and color are elements often found in her work. Frequently she listens to music while painting outdoors, surrounded by her extensive gardens, which will usually influence the direction of her artwork.

Her process for Garden Fantasia involved painting many successive layers to establish an interesting underpainting. From that point, she pulled out desired images through negative painting, bringing to the forefront the resulting positive shapes, blooms and botanical elements. The 40” high x 30” wide piece was painted in acrylics and uses a variety of found objects to imprint the canvas, replicating interesting textures found in nature.

Garden Fantasia will be featured on the 2018 Garden Tour’s official poster and ticket book. Ms. Allen will also receive a $500 cash prize. West Seattle Garden Tour will auction the artwork on the day of the tour, Sunday, June 24, 2018. Bids will be taken in one of the gardens from 9 am to 5 pm. Proceeds will benefit the year’s designated beneficiaries, which will be announced in early April.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Multiple awards for West Seattle Nursery display at Flower & Garden Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/congratulations-multiple-awards-for-west-seattle-nursery-display-at-flower-garden-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/congratulations-multiple-awards-for-west-seattle-nursery-display-at-flower-garden-festival/#comments Thu, 08 Feb 2018 21:45:44 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908387

That video tweet is just one of the tips we got about this big news – congratulations to West Seattle Nursery for winning multiple awards at the biggest gardening event of the year. From Marie McKinsey:

The Northwest Flower and Garden Festival is running now through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center. We are happy to say that our display garden – Wabi Sabi: Embracing Flawed Beauty – was awarded the Founder’s Cup (best of show) award. We also won a Gold Medal, awards for Best Use of Horticulture, Best Use of Color and the Garden Design Magazine award. We are honored, happy and a bit overwhelmed!

You can read more about the display garden – including its plant list – on the WS Nursery website. For info about the Flower and Garden Festival downtown, go here.

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SIGN OF IMPROVEMENTS: Peace Lutheran Church’s new RainWise sign http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/sign-of-improvements-peace-lutheran-churchs-new-rainwise-sign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/sign-of-improvements-peace-lutheran-churchs-new-rainwise-sign/#comments Fri, 02 Feb 2018 03:32:38 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907761

A new addition to the RainWise-enhanced grounds of Peace Lutheran Church in Gatewood – a new permanent sign explaining the stormwater-diverting program and the congregation’s commitment to it. In the photo sent by Pastor Erik Kindem is congregation president Michael Truog, who is also chair of the church’s Green Team. So next time you walk or ride by 39th SW/SW Thistle, take a look! You can also take a look at this PDF showing what’s on the sign. (The church celebrated its RainWise improvements at an event we covered last year.)

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THINK SUMMER! West Seattle Garden Tour’s 2018 art contest is on http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/think-summer-west-seattle-garden-tours-2018-art-contest-is-on/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/think-summer-west-seattle-garden-tours-2018-art-contest-is-on/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:44:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903928 Though winter hasn’t officially begun (solstice is next Thursday morning), we already have a reason to think summer: We’re halfway between this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour and next year’s WSGT. And tour organizers have launched the annual art competition:

West Seattle Garden Tour’s annual search for talented local artists is under way! Your creative interpretation of the theme “The Art of Gardening” could win you prominence on the 2018 garden tour poster and ticket book, a spot in the West Seattle Art Walk, and $500 in prize money! Artwork must be submitted online by January 26, 2018. Get all the details at westseattlegardentour.org/artwork-competition.

Since its inception in 1995, West Seattle Garden Tour (WSGT) has been one of the premier garden tours in the Northwest, as well as a fundraiser for local non-profits. WSGT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organized by a group of dedicated volunteers who meet every month to produce the tour. Annually the WSGT donates approximately $25,000 to local beneficiaries promoting horticulture, education and the arts. The next tour is on Sunday, June 24, 2018.

2017’s winner was Sarah Mottaghinejad.

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SUNDAY READING: West Seattle garden gets Sunset showcase http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/sunday-reading-west-seattle-garden-gets-sunset-showcase/ Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:33:42 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=900698 (Photo by David E. Perry)

So many people have observed that the fall colors this year are the most spectacular in memory. Even before this memorable season, one West Seattle garden was putting on such a great late-season show that it’s showcased in this month’s issue of Sunset magazine! Mark and Kathryn Daughhetee of Gatewood are the owners; Lisa Port is their landscape designer; and David E. Perry – also a West Seattleite – photographed their garden for the article, which you can see here. (Perry shared a bonus photo, which you see above, for us to publish with permission.) The Daughhetees chronicled the transformation of their garden with several updates on this personal website.

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SATURDAY: Can you be part of building the Sanislo Sprouts Learning Garden? http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/saturday-can-you-be-part-of-building-the-sanislo-sprouts-learning-garden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/11/saturday-can-you-be-part-of-building-the-sanislo-sprouts-learning-garden/#comments Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:49:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=899721 (Sanislo Elementary students, Judah Nellis and Charlie Kestler measuring an old garden bed during first Sanislo Sprouts event)

So much happening tomorrow, it’s a good thing the next round of possible snow isn’t supposed to arrive until late tomorrow night! We’ve already previewed several major events. Here’s another one that could use your help, happening tomorrow morning at Sanislo Elementary on Puget Ridge. From Rebecca Evans:

The idea was of a school garden, STEM outdoor-learning program, sparked through teacher suggestions in a survey we ran at the end of last year, and a few fellow Sanislo parents recently began seeking ways to make it a reality. Before we knew it, there was an outpouring of support for this idea. Our principal, district projects coordinator, Pathfinder’s Earth Project, and a non-profit organization, Washington Green Schools have partnered with our garden committee and the PTA to literally build us a garden in an afternoon. Washington Green Schools offers two “Days of Service” a year wherein they help make green projects, like school gardens, come to fruition with the help of sponsors like construction companies and corporate donors.

It’s going to be a beautiful space, designed to facilitate hands-on learning, science exploration and curiosity! We also want to use our garden space as an opportunity to explore gardening in a way the matches our school’s diversity by growing herbs and vegetables that resonate with our school’s families and global food culture. We hope to generate produce that can be shared at snack times and harvested by our student community. We are so excited for the endless possibilities this brings for the students of Sanislo.

Our Day of Service will be held on Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 am to 12 pm. This is a family-friendly, all-welcome, garden-building event. Children are encouraged to take part in building their school garden. There will be volunteers from local businesses, Abbott Construction, Washington Green Schools, Pathfinder, Trinity Church and Sanislo Elementary.

We are so fortunate to have support from local partners to create the space, and hope more join in over time so we can create sustainability for years to come.

Sanislo is at 1812 SW Myrtle.

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Been to the Arboretum lately? New interpretive signs installed http://westseattleblog.com/2017/10/been-to-the-arboretum-lately-new-interpretive-signs-installed/ Sat, 14 Oct 2017 20:18:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=897594

Something new to see at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Arboretum! The photos and announcement were sent by Arboretum volunteer Marie McKinsey:

Until last month, only a few aged markers identified the gardens and habitat of The Arboretum at South Seattle College. But with a generous grant from the West Seattle Garden Tour, five new interpretive signs are now installed. 



The colorful new signage illustrates some of the Arboretum’s top features, with information on its history and decades of student-designed plantings. They mark the garden’s redwoods, the movement of the Arboretum’s wildlife, and the outstanding Coenosium Rock Garden, the Arboretum’s collection of rare and dwarf conifers.

David Olszyk, president of the American Conifer Society Western Region, said, “This is a beautiful melding of the obsessive collector and the artist. This place is truly a work of art.”

Terrie Shattuck, a former Arboretum intern and graduate of South’s Landscape Horticulture program, created graphics and text for the signage, which SeaReach Ltd of Oregon fabricated.

Members of the Arboretum’s advisory committee prepared the signage for installation by Brett Cureton. And the West Seattle Garden Tour’s gift made it all possible.

 The Arboretum at South is a public botanical garden destination, and people enjoy it all year — bringing the kids, walking the dog or just taking time out. Find the Arboretum at South Seattle College at the north edge of campus, 6000 16th Ave SW. It is open every day.

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SWEET! Puget Sound Beekeepers at West Seattle Bee Garden for Kids’ Day http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/sweet-puget-sound-beekeepers-at-west-seattle-bee-garden-for-kids-day/ Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:31:04 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=892441

What better way to let your kids learn about bees and their vital role in our ecosystem, than by taking them to the West Seattle Bee Garden for Kids’ Day, presented by the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association? Above, you can watch the bees without getting too close. Earlier, it was story time:

Art activities are keeping other young visitors busy:

And the grownup visitors might be interested in buying honey to support the nonprofit PSBA:

The event’s on until 2 pm. The WS Bee Garden is on the north end of High Point Commons Park – scroll down this page for a map.

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FOOD-GROWING FUTURE: Which way should Community Orchard of West Seattle go, to keep growing? http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/food-growing-future-which-way-should-community-orchard-of-west-seattle-go-to-keep-growing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/08/food-growing-future-which-way-should-community-orchard-of-west-seattle-go-to-keep-growing/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:27:45 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=892099 (WSB photo: Community Orchard steward Narcissa Nelson checking in on the crops)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

As all gardeners know, what you grow and how you grow it – whether from seed or start – will change. Not always according to plan.

So it has been for the Community Orchard of West Seattle, which is at a turning point. It’s going on eight years since the seed for COWS started to sprout.

And that’s the length of the first lease COWS has had for land at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). It began on the campus’s south end, then moved to the northeast side.

The lease comes up in January, explains orchard steward Narcissa Nelson, and decisions need to be made.

One possibility that sprouted unexpectedly – though potentially, Narcissa says, serendipitously – is that the orchard could become a college project.

All along, one of the intentions for the eighth-of-an-acre plot has been that it would be involved with food security for the area. Eastern West Seattle is a known “food desert,” after all. Along with being a place for growing and harvesting food, the orchard has also been a teaching venue – including workshops on permaculture.

We talked with Narcissa this week at the orchard, within view of its espaliered apples (above) and raised beds growing everything from tomatoes to herbs to squash; earlier in the season, strawberries, collards, parsley, kale. She explained that the college has started a food-pantry program, with an interest in access to fresh food, and the need is increasing. This growing space could become part of that.

COWS already is part “giving garden,” with food harvested for and donated to the White Center Food Bank. Part of it also has been open for community “forage,” though its visibility is minimal – it’s between a fence and a forest, separated from the nearest public road – 16th SW – by SSC’s sprawling north parking lot.

What it really needs, Narcissa explains, is consistent support for maintenance. Student/school involvement could provide that.

In the early going, the thought was that COWS could become a large-scale food-production site for the community. Early involvement was strong, especially from Puget Ridge neighbors. But many of them, Narcissa has noticed, are now focused on growing their own gardens. “A lot of people who were inspired locally have moved on to their own thing, and it’s beautiful – we were a demonstration garden, hoping to inspire people.”

Another thing that has changed: The orchard at one point had a paid manager, funded by a grant. She moved away. What project funding there is, still stems from the original grant.

But the decisions to be made aren’t about money or a lack of it. They’re about the right future for the orchard/garden and its space, whether that’s as the Community Orchard of West Seattle or something else, Narcissa says.

It’s time, she says, for open discussion. “At one point, the community asked for this” (the orchard) – “a lot of people put work into it over the years. This is yours.”

So what do you think its future should be? For starters, you can weigh in via e-mail at info@fruitinwestseattle.org.

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GROWING GIFT: West Seattle Garden Tour’s 2017 donation to nonprofits is its biggest ever http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/growing-gift-west-seattle-garden-tours-2017-donation-to-nonprofits-is-its-biggest-ever/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/growing-gift-west-seattle-garden-tours-2017-donation-to-nonprofits-is-its-biggest-ever/#comments Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:52:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=890454 (Photo by Aubbie Beal)

If you had a ticket for this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour last month (WSB coverage here), you helped support six nonprofits, who officially received their share of a record-setting WSGT donation tonight. The announcement:

Tonight the West Seattle Garden Tour held their “Summer Finale” to thank the 2017 gardeners, sponsors, and committee members who produced the annual garden tour. The highlight of the evening was hearing from representatives of all six tour beneficiaries, who each spoke about how grants from the tour will fund their special projects.

This year WSGT donated the largest annual gift in the 23-year-old organization’s history — $26,800 was raised collectively for six beneficiaries. The non-profits to receive a grant in 2017 are City Fruit, Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, West Seattle Bee Garden, One Reel / Pianos in the Parks, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, and ArtsWest.

Since its inception in 1995, West Seattle Garden Tour has been one of the premier garden tours in the Northwest, as well as a fundraiser. In the last twenty-three years, the all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization has donated $377,514 to local non-profits in support of their horticultural, educational, and artistic missions. The 2018 tour will be on Sunday, June 24.

In the photo atop this report, from left, are Jan Clow (West Seattle Garden Tour), Mathew Wright (ArtsWest), Chris Weber and Gaylynn Kiser (One Reel), Krista Conner (West Seattle Bee Garden), Sara Maxwell and Adana Protonentis (Seattle Children’s PlayGarden), Willard Brown (Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association), and Carrie Ferrence (City Fruit).

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FRESH! First day for High Point Market Garden Farm Stand http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-first-day-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/07/happening-now-first-day-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/#comments Thu, 06 Jul 2017 00:56:02 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=887919

Another sign of summer! It’s the first weekly Farm Stand day at High Point Market Garden (32nd SW/SW Juneau). Every Wednesday, 4-7 pm, through September 27th, you can buy organic produce grown by local residents at the mini-farm that’s steps from the stand:

As announced by the city Department of Neighborhoods, which oversees the program, the farm stand (one of two in the city – the other is at NewHolly) accepts EBT cards and participates in Fresh Bucks, “which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card.” Also, ROAR is at the stand again this year; it “sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food.”

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