West Seattle Blog... » Gardening http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:36:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Also happening now: Lincoln Park P-Patch Pumpkin Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/also-happening-now-lincoln-park-p-patch-pumpkin-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/also-happening-now-lincoln-park-p-patch-pumpkin-festival/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:11:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289100

This little punkin was photographed by one of the gardeners who’s at the Lincoln Park P-Patch in Solstice Park until 1 pm for the gardeners’ Pumpkin Festival, where you can buy: “Pumpkins, fresh rhubarb, fresh herbs (shiso, bay leaves, lavender, etc), homemade applesauce, plants and pottery. Behind the Fauntleroy tennis courts.”

If you’re driving, riding, or walking, turn uphill at Webster from Fauntleroy, on the south side of the courts, and you’ll find the sale.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Washington Green Schools @ WSHS http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-washington-green-schools-wshs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-weekend-scene-washington-green-schools-wshs/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:57:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288441

The showers that moved through earlier didn’t stop some of the hard-working volunteers on the West Seattle High School campus for a morning of special attention from volunteers with Washington Green Schools. WSHS was chosen as a location for volunteer help on a statewide day of service, with visitors “including highly skilled gardeners and carpenters” and donated materials including chips and lumber, according to the announcement we received. Along with WSHS volunteers, the WGS visitors worked on planting areas around the campus. Our photo is from the sign fronting California SW, a site that will be part of the Steps at Stevens project.

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New honor for South Seattle College Arboretum: Ceremony tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/new-honor-for-south-seattle-college-arboretum-ceremony-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/new-honor-for-south-seattle-college-arboretum-ceremony-tomorrow/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:47:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288368

A new distinction for the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Arboretum will be celebrated tomorrow, and you’re invited. SSC shared the photo above and this announcement:

On Saturday, October 11, the Coenosium Rock Garden feature at South Seattle College’s Arboretum will be inaugurated as an American Conifer Society (ACS) Reference Garden, with a dedication ceremony running from 1-3:30 p.m.

The celebration starts with welcome messages from Seattle Colleges Chancellor Dr. Jill Wakefield and Van Bobbitt, lead faculty member of South’s Landscape Horticulture program. To follow, special recognition will be given to individuals who helped make the Coenosium Rock Garden possible. The feature is known as one of the largest dwarf conifer collections in the United States. The inauguration will wrap up with remarks from David Olszyk, president of the ACS Western Region, followed by refreshments and tours of the Coenosium Rock Garden.

South’s 5-acre arboretum, established by the South Seattle College Foundation in 1978, functions as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom for the college’s Landscape Horticulture students. Professional horticulturists, hobby gardeners and other college programs are often found exploring the free garden sanctuary as well.

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Barton Street P-Patch stone/mosaic work complete – see it during October 4th Fall Festival! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/barton-street-p-patch-stonemosaic-work-complete-see-it-during-october-4th-fall-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/barton-street-p-patch-stonemosaic-work-complete-see-it-during-october-4th-fall-festival/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 06:52:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287143

Thanks to Elizabeth MacKenzie for sharing three photos taken today at Barton Street P-Patch - one week before its Fall Festival. She explained that she was walking there today “when I encountered Kate Farley and Keith Brewer of Farley Landscape Design. They were finishing up their 2 years of work on the pizza oven and counters! I so love the Barton P-Patch and I was so happy to tell them how much I admire the work they have done on it.” In the top photo, Elizabeth says, Kate was “placing the very last stone, which was the final bit to be done on the entire project.”

About that festival: Next Saturday (October 4th), noon-4 pm, you’re invited to come enjoy music, wood-fired pizza (bring your own toppings), homemade dessert pies (available for donation, as is the pizza), kids’ activities, as announced in the flyer. And of course – the beauty of what’s growing in the garden:

Barton P-Patch is on the southwest corner of 34th/Barton in Westwood.

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West Seattle scene: WS Garden Tour looks back and ahead http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-ws-garden-tour-looks-back-and-ahead/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-ws-garden-tour-looks-back-and-ahead/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:59:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286829

If you were part of this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour – gardener, attendee, organizer, sponsor, etc. – you had a hand in the donation celebrated last night at The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Every year, local nonprofits are chosen to share the tour’s proceeds, and the 2014 beneficiaries gathered with tour reps last night. Alan Vinson, sponsorship chair for next year’s tour, :

Representatives from ArtsWest, Barton Street Community Garden, Highline Botanical Garden Foundation, Plant Amnesty Forestry Symposium, Seattle Children’s Play Garden, West Seattle Bee Garden, West Seattle High School “Steps at Stevens,” and the West Seattle Tool Library received their checks, which collectively accounted for the large check being held by beneficiaries and Garden Tour Committee members.

They’re already planning next year’s tour, so it’s a great time to get involved! WSGT contact info is on the right side of their home page.

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WSB reader report: ‘Gray-haired plant lady’ appreciates that ‘West Seattle loves green’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/wsb-reader-report-gray-haired-plant-lady-appreciates-that-west-seattle-loves-green/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/wsb-reader-report-gray-haired-plant-lady-appreciates-that-west-seattle-loves-green/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 18:52:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282141

Do you know “the gray-haired plant lady”? We don’t know her name, but she had a friend forward these photos and reader report expressing appreciation for West Seattle’s individual green spaces, so we are in turn sharing her words and pictures with you, which she sent under the heading ‘West Seattle Loves Green’:

With all the concrete and steel coming into our community, the citizens of West Seattle are creating their own green spaces. Have you noticed all the new plant containers in front of the local stores? The merchants also contributed to the beautiful hanging baskets. Even the new buildings are adding greenery in front of their buildings. In front of the stores you will find pots, boxes and even a wagon.

The old stump on the corner of California and Alaska has been replaced by a tree and a planter. A couple of days ago, I walked both sides of the street from Admiral Way to West Seattle Nursery. I found over 1,000 pots and planters and over 1,000 plantings. I didn’t count all the deck plants and patios.

I have been asked many times if I do the landscape in front of Hope Lutheran Church. A group of people help weed, mow grass and deadhead plants. The Loren Sommer family grows and plants the whole landscape. Loren, Rachel, and Bernadette spend many hours growing and planting. If you see them, say “thank you!” Omar Sommer, grandpa, helps with the watering system.

I just can’t resist adding that I was Loren’s and Rachel’s first-grade teacher.

‘The gray-haired plant lady’

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Happening now: West Seattle Garden Tour 2014, Admiral to Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-west-seattle-garden-tour-2014-admiral-to-westwood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-west-seattle-garden-tour-2014-admiral-to-westwood/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:45:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280017

A peaceful, beautiful landscape including stone and water features is one of the nine residential stops on this year’s West Seattle Garden Tour, under way until 5 pm. This is where you’ll find renowned photographer Art Wolfe, who is there talking with visitors (below, in sunglasses) as well as selling and signing his books.

Also open for Garden Tour visitors, the 35th/Barton P-Patch.

Its masonry oven was in action this morning, baking fresh bagels:

Other stops on the tour – listed and mapped in the ticket book but not online – range from Admiral to Gatewood. It’s self-guided, so you don’t have to go in any particular order, as long as you complete your tour by 5 pm – ticket-book locations are on the right side of the WSGT home page.

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West Seattle Garden Tour tomorrow: Meet Art Wolfe at his garden http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-garden-tour-tomorrow-meet-art-wolfe-at-his-garden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-garden-tour-tomorrow-meet-art-wolfe-at-his-garden/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:15:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279904 The West Seattle Garden Tour is about the gardeners as well as the gardens. On this year’s WSGT – 9 am-5 pm tomorrow – the nine residential gardens includes one belonging to someone who is world-renowned for his amazing images of our Earth’s beautiful creatures and places – photographer Art Wolfe. You can see a preview on his Facebook page. Your WSGT ticket book also gets you in to Susie Egan‘s lecture at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) at noon. If you don’t have your ticket book yet – it includes the gardens’ addresses – you should be able to get one in the morning before going on the tour at locations that are open on Sunday, including Metropolitan Market-Admiral (WSB sponsor) and West Seattle Nursery (all ticket locations are listed on the right side of the WSGT home page).

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First week for High Point Market Garden Farm Stand http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-first-week-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/happening-now-first-week-for-high-point-market-garden-farm-stand/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 01:16:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278788

It doesn’t get much fresher than a stand selling organic produce right next to the big garden where it’s grown, and that’s what’s happening until 7 pm at the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand (32nd/Juneau), during this season’s first weekly opportunity for public purchases. Here’s the produce/price list for this week:

High Point is one of two Market Gardens that are part of the city Department of Neighborhoods community-gardening program. The produce stand will be open to the public every Wednesday, 4-7 pm, through the end of September.

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High Point Market Garden to open for the season Wednesday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/high-point-market-garden-to-open-for-the-season-wednesday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/high-point-market-garden-to-open-for-the-season-wednesday/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:01:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278588

(2011 WSB photo from High Point Market Garden)
This Wednesday is your first chance to buy fresh organic produce picked steps away from the point of sale – opening day for the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand, just announced by the city. It’s at 32nd/Juneau (map) and it’ll be open 4-7 pm Wednesdays, July 9th-September 24th. The first harvest is expected to include spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables, new onions, peas, turnips, and radishes. The city announcement adds that the stand and its counterpart at NewHolly “accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card.

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West Seattle Garden Tour 2014: 2 weeks until your chance to tour 10 memorable local gardens http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-garden-tour-2014-2-weeks-until-your-chance-to-tour-10-memorable-local-gardens/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/west-seattle-garden-tour-2014-2-weeks-until-your-chance-to-tour-10-memorable-local-gardens/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:57:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278509 It’s a big year for anniversaries and the West Seattle Garden Tour is part of it – celebrating its 20th anniversary! We are now exactly two weeks away from the WSGT, which is a self-guided tour, 9 am-5 pm Sunday, July 20th. Ticket books are on sale, including the addresses of the nine residential gardens that are featured – along with the West Seattle Bee Garden in High Point – and the WSGT notes that among the nine is the garden of world-famous nature/culture photographer Art Wolfe, who will be there to talk with visitors and sign books. Your WSGT admission includes the guest lunchtime lecturer, Susie Egan, speaking at noon on tour day at The Kenney (WSB sponsor); she owns the private two-acre botanical garden/nursery Cottage Lake Gardens near Woodinville. WSGT is a nonprofit and its net proceeds in turn benefit other local nonprofits – see this year’s beneficiaries here. You have seven places/ways to buy your ticket book right now – here’s that list.

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Fire and rain: Barton Street Community Garden/P-Patch wood-fired pizza party http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/fire-and-rain-barton-street-community-gardenp-patch-pizza-party/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/fire-and-rain-barton-street-community-gardenp-patch-pizza-party/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 23:09:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274434

Rain makes a garden grow, and it didn’t stop the gardeners of the Barton Street P-Patch from throwing a community pizza (and more) party today as promised.

We stopped by this afternoon for a quick look, and found Brad making the wood-fired-oven magic happen.

The season kickoff started with bagel-baking this morning and continues with pizza until 5 pm; as for future open-to-the-public dates, we’re told that’s still under discussion. The community-created garden is in its third full season at 34th and Barton.

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Longfellow Creek P-Patch gets TLC from Troop 282 & friends http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/longfellow-creek-p-patch-gets-tlc-from-troop-282-friends/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/longfellow-creek-p-patch-gets-tlc-from-troop-282-friends/#comments Sun, 25 May 2014 18:56:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274357

A community garden badly in need of TLC got it thanks to West Seattle Boy Scouts; now, it’s your turn to show some love. Julie Nugent-Carney shares the photos and this report:

(Last) weekend, Troop 282 restored the Longfellow Creek Community Garden/P-Patch, which had been vandalized and fallen into disrepair. This was organized and led by my son (Jacob Carney) as part of his Eagle Project.

There were more than 40 volunteers, and 800 pounds of garbage was hauled away. They spread a dump truck’s worth of new bark on all the paths and installed a new sign. We’re hoping people will take notice and start using the P-Patch again to discourage the vandals.

The garden is at 2500 SW Thistle, just east of where the creek borders the Chief Sealth International High School parking lot.

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Never mind the grill: Outdoor bread, pizza baking Sunday at Barton Street Community Garden http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/never-mind-the-grill-outdoor-bread-pizza-baking-sunday-at-barton-street-community-garden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/never-mind-the-grill-outdoor-bread-pizza-baking-sunday-at-barton-street-community-garden/#comments Sat, 24 May 2014 01:03:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274288

Barbecue grills might be the official outdoor-cooking appliances of summer, but you can break the mold by joining in wood-fired baking with the Barton Street Community Garden and P-Patch, which invites you to drop by sometime this Sunday:

The 2014 gardening season is underway! To mark the start of summer, the Barton Street Community Garden and P-Patch will fire up its wood-fired masonry bread and pizza oven. Architect and designer/builder Chris Luthi, who led the project construction, will host. He’ll introduce the use of traditional community ovens as well as masonry oven cooking techniques. Neighbors are invited to join the event, which will feature baking bread and bagel in the morning and pizzas in the afternoon. Participants are encouraged to bring cheese, sauce and toppings for pizzas, and a limited amount of dough for bagels and pizzas will be provided. This informational and fundraising event is open to all.

WHO: Barton Street Community Garden and P-Patch

WHAT: Fire It Up! Bread and Pizza Oven Season Opener

WHERE: Barton St. Community Garden and P-Patch, SW Corner of SW Barton Street and 34th St. SW

WHEN: Sunday, May 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHAT TO BRING: Cheese, sauce, pizza toppings, drinks, chairs

Donations are warmly welcome!

This is the garden/P-patch’s third full growing year.

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Teamwork! Morgan Junction ‘triangle property’ blossoms with community, church collaboration http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/teamwork-morgan-junction-triangle-property-blossoms-with-community-church-collaboration/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/teamwork-morgan-junction-triangle-property-blossoms-with-community-church-collaboration/#comments Wed, 21 May 2014 03:26:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=274041

What once was something of an eyesore is getting beautified, bit by bit, reports Barry White with Friends of Morgan Junction Parks, who also shared the photos:

A delegation from Peace Lutheran Church again joined Friends of Morgan Junction Parks in our ongoing restoration project of the Junction triangle property. The two groups first teamed up last September to clear brush and weeds from the overgrown site. The groups continued that work (on Sunday) and began the process of arborizing some of the many shrubs that sprang up from the fruit of the strawberry tree (arbutus unedo), with the long range plan of training the shrubs to match the structure of the parents and create an extensive shaded canopy on the site. A sunny afternoon aided the labor of the small but dedicated group and we accomplished nearly every task on our list. Thanks to everyone who turned out.

See more photos on the FoMJP Facebook page.

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