READER REPORT: Why go north to see tulips? Visit Gatewood Gardens

Something else you can do today in the sunshine – visit “Gatewood Gardens”! Sally Hardwick sent the photos and report:

Aaron Smith and Michael Starling have been bringing neighbors together on a stretch of California Ave SW between SW Portland Street and SW Monroe Street and through their love of gardening. The whole neighborhood got together and planted bulbs on a few cold rainy days last fall—and the effort and wait was worth it!

This is the second year of daffodil and tulips putting on a spectacular show. I have people stop all the time gushing about the beautification of my parking strip, or “boulevard” as Aaron calls it. As one passerby commented, “We’ve got our own tulip festival right here this year, who needs to go to (Skagit)?!” It really is jaw-dropping, especially considering how it looked before Aaron and Michael stepped in to help. Their planting enthusiasm and generosity is beyond measure!

I am really fortunate to be a part of this group of people who have formed a tight community on a busy street as result of Aaron and Michael’s gardening projects, which included a recent succulent-planting party, summer perennial-planting projects, and of course the star of the show, spring tulips and daffodils! I feel a real sense of community since these efforts began. One neighbor just said, “I love it that we all look out for each other”. We have formed a group text chat, which allows us not only to talk about upcoming plant projects, but also ask “does anyone have a cup of sugar?” when in a pinch. It really is wonderful.

Go for a walk or a drive to take a look, or check out the Instagram page for gorgeous photos!

We also reported on the displays last year, after hearing from another neighbor.

6 Replies to "READER REPORT: Why go north to see tulips? Visit Gatewood Gardens"

  • Delridge neighbor April 17, 2022 (11:30 am)

    Amazing job with the gardens!!!  I hope in the future more neighbors will continue this trend!

  • Greengurl April 17, 2022 (12:00 pm)

    So very beautiful and such a labor of love to all who live in W.Seattle. Thank you! This is truly a feast for the eyes! Taking a drive through the neighborhoods of W.S right now is such a treat. Color is bursting from so many gardens. What a gift!

  • Gatewood Neighbor April 17, 2022 (3:19 pm)

    These are spectacular. Thank you, Gatewood Gardens group.

  • Neighbor April 17, 2022 (5:32 pm)

    Love to drive by the tulips, and even more, I love now knowing the story behind them. Thank you, Michael, Aaron, and neighbors! This is community.

  • NW Mama April 17, 2022 (9:54 pm)

    Love that they’ve included their neighbors in the beautification!  

  • KM April 18, 2022 (9:22 am)

    I love walking through the neighborhood now and seeing all the color–inspires me to do more in our own garden.

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