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The Tradition of Marbles

Judkins P-Patch got a facelift this year with the help of Parks & Green Space Levy funds. With the help of Work Readiness Arts Program the garden has a new shed, check out the great shed project images.

It was a six; not on the scale from one to ten, but on the number of truckloads of "stuff" hauled away before ground level appeared. There were all kinds of treasures hiding under the blackberries: overstuffed couches, "Norman", the blue plastic horse, and marbles. The couches went directly to the dump. Norman took up residency with an office plant, and the marbles rolled around on the P-Patch car's dashboard.

Gardeners moved into Judkins. Pink Cleome tutus danced in the breeze above chunks of concrete. Rocks bred like rabbits. Judkins lived as a garden of contrasts. Lovingly tended plot s snuggled up to the encroaching blackberries; rocks enclosed areas of sifted soil, and flowers shared the limelight with vegetables.

The gardeners continue to discover marbles sparkling in the soil, winking cat's eyes and aggies telling stories of the past. "This land belonged to others, and it will belong to others again. New gardeners will take your place and dream of future harvests." At Judkins P-Patch the fragile thread of a community garden has been strongly woven into the site and will continue to surface as reliably as the marbles from this and other garden sites. Marbles, the cobalt blue threads to the past and the future.

Judkins has a lot of natural habitat, including an all natives planting in the parking strip. There’s a small pond, wetland habitat as well. The borders are planted richly with additional northwest natives and beneficial flowers and herbs. Judkins is rare, it’s permanently preserved for community gardening!



From Downtown:

  1. From 4th Ave S, turn left onto S Dearborn St
  2. Continue on S Dearborn one mile
  3. Turn Right on 20th Ave S
  4. Continue on S Judkins St
  5. Turn Left on 24th Ave S to P-Patch


24th Avenue S. and S. Norman Street (Map)


Size: 5,600 sq ft
Established: 1986
Number of plots: 24
Plot sizes: 200 sq'
Average wait: 1 1/2 years
Ownership of land: P-Patch Trust and Department of Neighborhoods


Plots limited to 200 square feet

Bus Routes

4, 48



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