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Magnuson Children's Garden
The Magnuson Children's Garden is a vibrant, interactive garden that was designed and inspired by children, and is open FREE to the public year-round. Its goals are to engage and connect children to the wonders and beauties of plants, insects, birds, and wildlife. This unique garden is filled with plants and other features that delight all the senses:
For the past 10+ years, the Children's Garden has become a "home away from home" for hundreds of local children and families who have visited it to play, picnic, or participate in programs and special events. Its lush planting beds, filled with color and beauty, have also become home to a variety of native songbirds, dragonflies, ducks, frogs, ants, beetles, butterflies, and an occasional garter snake. We welcome you to visit and see for yourself that "more grows in the garden than was sown there." Visit Magnuson Nature Programs, Children's Garden Events for more information and the latest garden news!
The Magnuson Children's Garden Committee and Magnuson Community Center collaborate on the use and stewardship of the garden, which has produced wonderful benefits for both entities and for the public!
The Children's Garden is used as an outdoor classroom by the Magnuson Community Center Nature Programs for its educational camps, classes, and special events that serve hundreds of children and families each year.
The Children's Garden is also used for a variety of special events from spring to fall. Once a month, we host Family Garden Days, where children's activities are provided FREE of charge, including worm bin exploration, nature art sculptures, planting and harvesting! Community volunteers are also on hand at these events, doing seasonal garden stewardship tasks such as weeding and mulching, and King County Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your home gardening questions. The summertime Family Garden Days are held in conjunction with Magnuson Community Center's free, family-friendly music concerts on Friday evenings in the Magnuson Community Garden Amphitheater, which is right next door to the Children's Garden.
Children and parents who visit the garden during Family Garden Days events are also welcome to join in with the stewardship: favorite child-friendly gardening activities are spreading wood chips, refilling bird baths and puddling ponds, and watering plants!
The annual Fall Harvest Celebration fills the Children's Garden and Brig lawn with a fabulous variety of fun for the whole family, from an orchard maze scavenger hunt to a petting farm, and everything in between, including harvesting fresh vegetables and herbs for local food banks. This event is a great way to celebrate spring and summer successes and welcome the fall season!
For additional information on the Magnuson Children's Garden, as well as details on all upcoming special events and programs, visit Magnuson Nature Programs, Magnuson Children's Garden Events
We warmly welcome individuals and groups to help sustain the Children's Garden by attending our stewardship events! Typical tasks include simple garden maintenance such as weeding and mulching beds and paths, planting, etc, and experienced garden leaders are on hand at each event to guide other volunteers. Over the years, many wonderful volunteers have helped sustain the garden from organizations such as Seattle Works, Campfire, 4-H, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, Seattle P-Patch, and service-learning elementary, high school, and college students.
We make all our stewardship events fun for novice gardeners as well as experienced ones, and provide gloves, tools, and delicious refreshments provided for all! If you or your group would like to participate, visit Magnuson Nature Programs and click on the Volunteer link
The Children's Garden at Magnuson Park is an interactive garden, designed and inspired by children from the Northend neighborhoods. Its purpose is to delight and engage children in the wonders and beauties of making things grow, of learning to save our environment, and to spread this knowledge to others. In 2002, led by volunteer landscape architects and designers, the Children's Garden Committee held a design charette with 28 children, ages 5-13 from neighboring schools. Several design themes emerged that were incorporated into the final childern's garden design.
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