West Seattle Blog... » Gardening http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:21:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Save Seattle’s apples! City Fruit will show you how to help http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/save-seattles-apples-city-fruit-will-show-you-how-to-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/save-seattles-apples-city-fruit-will-show-you-how-to-help/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 04:39:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306915

(Photo courtesy City Fruit)
Got an apple tree? More than one, maybe? Don’t let its fruit go to waste! City Fruit, which harvested almost 14 tons of homegrown fruit last year, is hoping its new “Save Seattle’s Apples” campaign will keep even more from going to waste. Here’s what City Fruit announced this week – and scroll ahead to find out about the West Seattle event that’ll be part of it:

City Fruit is excited to announce the launch of the organization’s first ever Spring 2015 Save Seattle’s Apples Campaign. In partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Recology, Greater Good Granola, and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, this three-month pest prevention campaign will build awareness about Seattle’s urban canopy, the proper care and management of apple trees, and provide opportunities for the public to protect apples. Additionally, the project aims to reduce waste that unnecessarily ends up in the compost bin.

During 2014, City Fruit harvested nearly 28,000 pounds of fresh, edible fruit and donated the majority to Seattle’s emergency food system. During the same harvest season, the organization composted over 12,000 pounds of rotten fruit that had fallen to the ground due to insects, poor tree management, or neglect. Through education, outreach, and direct hands-on assistance to tree owners in protecting their fruit, City Fruit hopes to cut the number of pounds of composted fruit in half in 2015, adding 6,000 pounds of fruit to the emergency food system and feeding an additional estimated 20,000 families.

“Apple trees are a vibrant part of Seattle’s history, and a valuable resource. Coming together as an entire community in the care of our apple trees can have an enormous impact on our local food system and make a difference to communities experiencing food insecurity,” said Morgan Larsen, City Fruit’s board president.

“Food waste makes up one third of Seattle’s residential garbage,” said Veronica Fincher, Waste Prevention Program Manager at Seattle Public Utilities. “We’re excited to be part of a project that helps prevent food from becoming waste– especially since food is no longer allowed in the garbage.”

From April through June, City Fruit will provide free pest barriers to Seattle tree owners, and will host a series of outreach events in five Seattle neighborhoods focused on covering trees to prevent pests in orchards as well as on private property. The Save Seattle’s Apples Kick-Off event will take place on Sunday, April 19th at Linden Orchard (N 67th St.) from 12 – 3 PM, and will feature opportunities for community members to participate in covering apple trees, win prizes, and pledge to reduce waste.

Learn more about the Save Seattle’s Apples campaign and the Linden Orchard Kick-Off event on the City Fruit website: www.cityfruit.org.

While the kickoff next weekend is in North Seattle, when we contacted City Fruit to find out more about all this, we found out they’re recruiting volunteers for a neighborhood pest-prevention event here in West Seattle on Saturday, May 16th, 10 am-1 pm. Get the details here – and volunteer by signing up here.

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More West Seattle homes are getting RainWise, and you can too http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/304614/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/304614/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:33:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304614

That’s Max, and he’s helping keep Puget Sound cleaner by building a raingarden at one of five homes just east of the Southwest Branch Library that are getting RainWise. That’s the Seattle/King County program offering incentives to eligible households to get off the storm-drain grid, so to speak, by installing raingardens and cisterns – at little to no cost, because of rebates.

This morning, RainWise team members invited neighbors and media to the 9000 block of 34th SW for a celebration as those five households ceremonially broke ground for their new stormwater-diverting setups. Fittingly, cloudbursts graced the gathering – but held off at photo-op time.

At left in that photo (with Lucy, Izzy, and Max) is John, whose company Home Grown Organics is one of many contractors working on the program. You can find out by going here whether you’re eligible for RainWise. Even if you’re not, the team would love to talk to you. You will find them at three upcoming public events:

APRIL 11: 11 am-2 pm, RainWise contractors’ open house at West Seattle Nursery (California/Brandon)

APRIL 25-26: 10 am-4 pm, RainWise info table at the Seattle Chinese Garden‘s Peony/Bamboo Festival (6000 16th SW)

MAY 9: 10 am-noon, RainWise Fair at Highland Park Improvement Club – see HPIC’s cistern, pervious-paver patio, raingardens, and art (12th/Holden)

Disclosure: RainWise is advertising on WSB to help get out the word about the program.

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The need for seeds: What the West Seattle Seed Library is looking for, to get going and growing http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/the-need-for-seeds-what-the-west-seattle-seed-library-is-looking-for-to-get-going-and-growing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/the-need-for-seeds-what-the-west-seattle-seed-library-is-looking-for-to-get-going-and-growing/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:09:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302502 We have city libraries, we have Little Free Libraries, we have a Tool Library, and soon, West Seattle will have a Seed Library. But first, organizers Krista and Katie are looking for two things:

*An old library-catalog-style cabinet
*A place to host the Seed Library

The Tool Library would have loved to do it, Katie and Krista tell us, but they’re out of room. So the search continues: “We are hoping for a business that is open to the public during regular business hours, plus evenings and weekends and has good foot traffic already…something like a coffee shop, community center, etc.,” according to the full announcement about the search. If you have something to offer or suggest regarding either component of the search, please e-mail katie@seattlefarmschool.com - thanks!

P.S. As a prelude to the library launch, seed donations will be accepted as part of the Great Seattle Seed Swap on March 15th at the West Seattle (Admiral) Library.

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Sunday launch for new West Seattle ‘children’s learning garden’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/sunday-launch-for-new-west-seattle-childrens-learning-garden/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/sunday-launch-for-new-west-seattle-childrens-learning-garden/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:20:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301424

(Photo from a harvest day last year; courtesy Jennifer Babuca)
This next season of gardening at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church will be even more fruitful than the last one. In addition to being part of the coalition growing food to donate via Lettuce Pray, the garden is expanding its mission, and kids are invited to help make that happen, starting this weekend:

St John Episcopal Church and the Seattle Farm School are partnering to transform St John’s Just Gardens into a children’s learning garden on the St John’s grounds. We are inviting children and their adults to learn how to plan, start and grow their own organic garden, with workshops, tasting events and other fun events to be held throughout the spring, summer and fall months. We will also have dedicated beds for kids to pick and sample some of their produce as they visit or pass by the gardens. Our hope is to physically expand the gardens over time so that this can become a resource for the community for many years to come.

We are inviting all to a Garden Kickoff Party on Sunday, February 22, 12 pm at St John the Baptist Episcopal Church. Come hear all about the garden plans, sign up to volunteer at the garden, organize, do artwork, and so much more! Bring your kids!

Then, on Sunday, March 22, 12 pm: Garden planning and seed starting! Learn all about square foot gardening, help plan the garden boxes and do some hands-on seed starting for the garden!! Bring your kids!

Both events will be in the youth room at the church, 3050 California SW, adjacent to the south side of West Seattle High School. A light lunch will be provided to participants. More backstory’s on the Seattle Farm School website.

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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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