U-Pick Lavender Sale at Interbay P-Patch starts this weekend

lavendar interbayThis weekend kicks off two weekends in a row of the annual Interbay P-Patch U-Pick Lavender Sale. The P-Patch gardeners have over 14 varieties of lavender to cut, perfect for culinary uses, bouquets, potpourri, or just some simple purple beauty.

The P-Patch will have scissors on hand for cutting and ribbons for tying up bundles of lavender. Bundles cost $4 for a small bundle and $6 for a large bundle. The proceeds help keep the P-Patch going strong.

At the sale, you can also purchase lavender products such as wands, wreaths, sachets, and  lavender cookies.

Stop by the Interbay P-Patch at 2451 15th Ave W this weekend (July 2nd and 3rd) or next weekend (July 9th and 10th) between 10am and 4pm to pick some lavender and tour the Interbay P-Patch.

 

Queen Anne Historical Society kicks off free events this Thursday at the Queen Anne P-Patch

Every year, the Queen Anne Historical Society (QAHS) hosts a series of free events centered on a single theme. Recently, the organization has covered apartment buildings and churches – and now they look to food for inspiration.

This year’s series looks at alternative food sources on Queen Anne, and it begins with the history of the P-Patch program on Thursday, September 24th. The event begins at the Queen Anne P-Patch at 7pm, which has an entrance at 2nd Ave N and Lynn St. (there is also an entrance at 3rd Ave N and Boston, but with limited parking)

Susan Casey, founder of the Interbay Patch, one of the earliest P-Patches in Seattle, will share information on how P-Patch gardens work, as well as the history of the P-Patch program. Then, everyone will head a few blocks over to Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St) for a panel discussion on different ways Queen Anne residents have fed their family over the years.

Upcoming events in the series will cover Prohibition, the Great Depression, grocery stores, restaurants, and home kitchens on Queen Anne.

All events in the series are free and all are welcome to attend. The P-Patches hit their summer glory about a month ago, but you can still see amazing dahlias, sunflowers, and the seasonal change as we move into fall.

You can learn more about the Queen Anne Historical Society via their website or Facebook page.

Tour Queen Anne Park with the Queen Anne Historical Society this Saturday

Tudors QAPAs I’ve noted in the blog before, I cover Queen Anne by foot (with dog in tow). It’s a lot of ground to cover, so I divvy it up into sections to make it more manageable. If you don’t live in Queen Anne Park, you may not know about it unless you’ve traversed the hill to check out the northwest corner of our neighborhood…

Queen Anne Park has wide streets that make looping curves instead of a grid, with large lots, and homes that date to the 1920s. While Queen Anne Park homes are from the same decade, there’s variation – Tudors, Spanish-style homes, and Colonial homes sit along winding streets (no grid!).

Spanish QAPQuite a few Queen Anne Park residents take advantage of the larger lots, with lush landscaping and gardens. If you’re a gardener or fan of gardens, take note: this walking tour includes a few gardens as well.

This Saturday, you can discover Queen Anne Park and learn more about its history from the Queen Anne Historical Society. QAHS will tour the neighborhood, as well as the aforementioned select gardens, before concluding with refreshments. Plus, the tour leader is Queen Anne Park resident, Florence Helliesen, so you can get the insider scoop.

According to Helliesen:

“There is a rich history in Queen Anne Park that I’m excited to share with our community. It’s a beautiful and unique part of the hill that often goes unnoticed. Our walking tour will tell an exciting story of real estate development as the roaring ‘20s drew to a close before the Great Depression.”

Turret House QAPThe curving street structure I noted above is not coincidence – the winding roads are designed to fit into the topography of the northwest slope, and many homes have views of the mountains – either the Cascades or the Olympics (some with both), Elliott Bay, and/or the Ship Canal.

The tour will cover three streets in Queen Anne Park – W. Etruria St., 10th Ave W, and Conkling St:

Queen Anne Park map

Tickets for the tour are $15 for QAHS members, $25 for non-QAHS members. You can purchase tickets online via Brown Paper Tickets. The tour begins at 10am on Saturday, August 29th, starting at the dead-end of W Etruria St (where 7th Ave W would be, it’s a SPU parking lot). If you drive to the tour, park at SPU’s Ashton Hall, entering at 5th Ave W and W Dravus St. Look for a gate that leads to W Etruria St and the tour starting point.

Learn more about some of Queen Anne’s hidden – or maybe not so hidden – treasures via the Queen Anne Historical Society, and join Saturday’s walking tour!

Gilman Gardens is hosting a beer garden and bake sale fundraiser this Saturday

Gilman Gardens satelliteWe’ve posted on Gilman Gardens in the past, and pretty recently too when they had plots available (and, heads up gardeners, there is still one available). Now, they’re planning a bake sale and beer garden to help raise funds for the community-run gardens at 2272 Gilman Drive West.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm at the Gilman Gardens this Saturday, July 11th, and everyone is welcome. Funds raised will help the gardeners at Gilman Gardens buy a water cistern – why is this important? Unlike official City of Seattle P-Patches, Gilman Gardens is all volunteer-operated, and there is no water plumbed to the site. Gardeners have to “bring their own” water, and the water cistern and soaker hose system will help them water them keep the community berry patch alive and available to everyone.

Gilman Gardens Sale

While the beer garden is 21+ only, the day’s events are also kid-friendly, with garden tours to teach both young and old about organic urban farming. Plus, the garden in on the route for Saturday’s Seattle Tilth Chicken Coup Tour, so there’ll be chickens too.

Gilman Plot signOnce an abandoned lot, Gilman Gardens was born in 2005 when neighborhood resident Charlie Hoselton asked the City of Seattle for permission to turn an abandoned SDOT lot into a community garden. Now, it’s a great place for gardening, hanging out, picnicking, and snacking on fresh, organic berries.

Any funds above and beyond what it takes for the water system will go toward a new picnic table. Stop by Gilman Gardens this Saturday, enjoy a beer, tour the garden, buy some baked goods and help support our neighborhood gardeners. Oh, and bring cash as it’s cash-only to partake.

Community garden Gilman Gardens has six plots available

Gilman Gardens satelliteIf you’ve ever walked, biked, or driven along Gilman Drive W, you’ve likely noted the colorful community garden in the median at Gilman and 13th Ave W.

The brainchild of founder Charlie Hoselton, Gilman Gardens broke ground in 2010 and is still going strong.

Gilman Gardens is a self-sufficient community garden, and similar to the City’s P-Patch gardens, it’s a great way to get your hands dirty with urban gardening and meet your neighbors at the same time.

Gilman Plot signRight now, Gilman Gardens has 6 garden plots available.  The plots vary in size and each has a yellow sign (see photo) marking them. You can check them out, but act fast, they’ll go quickly!

If you are interested one of the plots, contact Charlie via email to request one. And, happy gardening!

Help Picture Perfect Queen Anne keep our streets beautiful

PPQA BostonPicture Perfect Queen Anne is a community organization that keeps our major business intersections looking great with garden beds at the Galer Stairs landing and the corners of Boston St and McGraw St. Their efforts since 2009 have been key in keeping Queen Anne beautiful for residents and visitors alike.

Originally, the work was a collaboration between the community and the City of Seattle. Now, PPQA relies on support from the community to keep these gardens thriving.

PPQA is raising funds for 3 more years of professional watering and garden maintenance. Already, PPQA is halfway to its $20,000 goal via donations from neighbors and business owners.

They’re now asking for the community’s help – any donation is accepted, for example, if they can find 35 people to give $12 per month, they can raise the $10K. Their “35 to Help the Queen Anne Gardens Thrive” campaign is in full swing. You can pick up a flyer at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N to learn more.

Volunteer today to help clean up the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt

Green Seattle 2014It’s definitely Fall, and that means clean up – not only in yards and gardens, but also in our local greenbelts. Green Seattle Day gives residents a chance to help clean up, plant native plants, and learn about our natural spaces.

Green Seattle Day is coming to the Northeast Queen Anne Greenbelt November 8th, a week from Saturday. It’s a community event that needs volunteers to succeed. All you need to do is register online and show up next Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

Maclean Park GreenbeltPlan to wear long sleeves and sturdy shoes, and bring water and lunch/snacks to keep your energy up! Garden tools and gloves will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Also, dress for our Fall weather and wear waterproof boots if you want to work in the wetland area. 

There’s plenty of free street parking near the park entrance at MacLean Park, located at Taylor Ave N & Newton St. RSVP today and plan on helping out one of our natural green spaces next Saturday!

Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project kicks off Thursday with public meeting to rally volunteers

Wolf Creek Ravine signLast week we posted about the upcoming Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project, and the volunteer opportunity is here! We first noticed changes when the Queen Anne P-Patch beehive disappeared (temporarily moved for the restoration work). Since then, signs have been posted to alert P-Patchers and residents about the upcoming work.

Wolf Creek Ravine is the natural greenspace that borders the P-Patch to the north, running under the McGraw Street and Queen Anne Drive bridges. The area near the P-Patch is full of blackberries and invasive knotweed, and the Green Seattle Partnership project will work on removing these plants and replacing them with native plantings.

Volunteers are needed to help with the project. To learn more about how you can help, attend a meeting tomorrow (Thursday), September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Wolf Creek Ravine Project

Work on Wolf Creek will begin soon with knotweed control completed by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers. Maps and more details can be found in last week’s post.

Help bring back our bees! Wolf Creek Ravine restoration work needs volunteers

Empty Bee Spot

Beehive spot sans beehive – but they’ll be back!

Last week on a walk through the Queen Anne P-Patch, I noticed that the beehive was gone. A fixture of the P-Patch, the hive has been literally buzzing lately with summer bloom activity, so it seemed odd that it disappeared.

I emailed my P-Patch contacts and got in touch with the hive steward. Good news – the hive will be back, it’s been relocated to West Seattle in preparation for a restoration of Wolf Creek Ravine, the natural space that borders the P-Patch to the north.

Wolf Creek Ravine blackberries

Blackberries and knotweed to the north of the P-Patch

The Green Seattle Partnership project is focused on the Wolf Creek Ravine Natural Area, where blackberry vines and invasive knotweed will be removed and replaced with native plantings.

The team also met with P-Patchers to get their feedback, and they suggested a realignment of the fence along the east edge of the P-Patch. The blackberries will remain as a buffer to the neighboring homes, but sight lines in the P-Patch will be improved with the fence move. You can see the fence realignment in the map below, the pink dashed line is the existing eastern fence-line, the dashed green is the new fence line for the P-Patch:

QA P Patch plan

The same wire and post fencing along the north of the P-Patch will be removed for the Wolf Creek Ravine work. In the aerial image you can see the work area outlined in orange:

Wolf Creek NA

The Green Seattle Partnership can’t do this work without volunteers – and this is where you can help make a difference. Attend a meeting next Thursday, September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss the plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Work on Wolf Creek will begin shortly after the public meeting, and knotweed control should be complete by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers – so consider helping out and attend next week’s meeting. With volunteer help, work on the steeper part of the ravine could happen as early as next summer.

And, the bees will return home soon thereafter!

Free trees are still available via Trees for Neighborhoods

reLeaf Tree ProgramJust before the Trees for Neighborhoods annual free trees program kicked off, we gave the heads up about this program and how you could apply for up to 4 free trees.

Applications opened on August 4th, and 20 days later, there are still trees available. Apply today for free trees that will help beautify Queen Anne, provide shade, and even increase property values. Plus, the upfront investment is zero – the trees are free, you just have to plant them and provide care, and ReLeaf helps get you started.

White Oak

White Oak

Not only do you get free trees, you also get assistance for permit applications and training on tree planting and care.

Trees can be planted in planting strips (that space between the sidewalk and the street) or in your yard.

Plus, if you apply for a white oaksilver lindentulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip, it could be a future neighborhood landmark tree.

Tulip Tree flower

Tulip Tree

Street trees require a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. If you have the space and no power lines, what are you waiting for? Those of us who wilt in the summer heat will appreciate the shade that these trees will one day provide.

Apply today! Street trees applications are due by this Wednesday, August 27th. Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.

If you have any questions on the free tree program, send an email or call 206-684-3979.