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A Real Victory Garden

The gardeners at Pinehurst P-Patch had always prided themselves on the beauty of their abundant garden: the red lettuce planted in a checkerboard with the green, the communal herb bed bordered in colorful flowers, the overflowing loads of vegetables delivered to Neighbors in Need, the neatly barked paths, the freshly turned compost. They worked closely to build the best small community garden in the nation, according to the judges of the American Community Gardening Association.

Then, one summer the owners of the site decided to sell to a developer. The bulldozers stood ready to level this prize winning garden. Blind optimism, flavored with large doses of hard work, petitions, TV stories, baskets of vegetables delivered with appeal letters-- all these played a part in saving the garden. The developer deeded one lot to the P-Patch Advisory Council, and it became the first owned and permanently protected garden.

And then came the work: moving plants out of the way of surrounding development. The Pinehurst gardeners revel in the knowledge that the garden is forever, maybe not for themselves, but for all the gardeners who will have the opportunity to "grow their own" for many years to come! Today it provides a quiet respite for visitors to eat lunch nestled among the flowers, for children to visit from the nearby school, and for a host of scarecrows to watch over the bees buzzing between the berries. Peace reigns in the P-Patch.



From Downtown:

  1. Take I-5 north
  2. Take Exit #173 towards Northgate Way
  3. Turn Left on 1st Ave NE
  4. Turn Right on NE Northgate Way (drive past shopping center
  5. Turn Left on Roosevelt Ave (turns into Pinehurst Way NE after heading north a block), heading North, intersection has ARCO on SE corner
  6. Turn Left at 12th Ave NE (6 way intersection)
  7. P-Patch on the Left-directly across from the school


11525 12th Ave NE
(12th Avenue NE and NE 115th Street) (Map)


Size: 5,000 sq ft
Established: 1976
Number of plots: 17
Plot Size: 100-200 sq'
Average wait: 2 years
Ownership of land: leased


Year round gardening

Bus Routes

377, 73



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