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Native Plant Borders
The Community Garden is rimmed by a
Native Plant Border which provide habitat for wildlife,
provide a screen, provide educational opportunity for student
or others interested in native plants, and provide
naturalistic aesthetic value. The border enhances the serenity
and beauty of the garden and compliments the natural
environment of the park.
The border serves as a wind
barrier, reduces soil erosion, filters and reduces storm water
run off, serves as a wildlife habitat corridor, and provides
habitat for native pollinators. Additional eco-system services
from the border includes: air filtration, carbon
sequestration, temperature moderation, and providing human
A small amount signage and labeling
in the border enhances educational opportunity for those
interested in plants or considering their use. The
concentration of plants allows property owners and others to
preview plantings which could provide water use reduction,
conservation value, and aesthetic value in their landscaping.
Favored plantings have been
selected from species native to Oregon, British Columbia, and
Washington State. Not all were originally native to Seattle
itself. Wild volunteer plants, some non-native, are also
scattered among intentional plantings. Ill fitting, volunteer
plants are removed as maintenance resources permit.
The border will continue to change
over time due to plant growth, addition of more species, some
plants reaching end of life, and managed enhancement of
Drip irrigation was used during
first few years of garden establishment to conserve water and
as a demonstration to encourage use. Present irrigation is
minimal except for new plantings or during extreme droughts.
Initial plants and materials were
funded via the large grant which created the Magnuson
Community Garden. Since then additional plants and material
has come via donations from the Magnuson Environmental
Stewardship Alliance, the Green Seattle Partnership, the
Washington Native Plant Society, the Seattle Department of
Parks and Recreation, and other organizations and individuals.
The Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance has cared for the site since inception. That stewardship has included planting, maintenance, and attracting and organizing thousands of hours of volunteer labor. Since 2007 the Green Seattle Partnership has helped by providing support for attracting and managing volunteers, by providing additional plants and materials, and by providing technical and scientific support and monitoring.
Almost all planting and
maintenance labor has been done by volunteers. These
volunteers have come individually to routine work parties or
during service events organized in conjunction with corporate,
religious, or other community groups.
Native Plant Border work parties are routinely held on the first Saturday of each month except November. Work party information and pre-registration is available on the Green Seattle Partnership website: http://seattle.cedar.greencitypartnerships.org/event/map/
Some but not all easy to observe
plant species in the Native Plant Border are:
Native Plant Border in
2003: What It Looked Like
Below are photographs of the native
plant borders being planted in 2003. The borders
were laid out and various plants were acquired through
donations and purchases. Volunteers worked every other
Saturday thoughout the year, rain or shine to add the
various species of plants and trees to the native plant
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Magnuson Park - 6344 N.E. 74th St., Suite 104 - Seattle,