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Estelle Street

Trading Blackberries for Gardens

As the third grade class visited the Mayor's office, one of the children complained that his walking route to school was scary. There were people hiding in the blackberries, dealing drugs. And so South East Effective Development started to clear the street right-of-way. Their landscape design required frequent care from the SEED crew......At the same time, residents of the adjacent tenant-managed apartment wanted a garden. The two ideas blended into one at the Estelle Street P-Patch. In a few short weeks SEED crews built a garden which reflected the gardeners needs. The neighbors, who had gardened nearby and whose gardens were lost to development, were delighted to regain space for their greens, their mustards, and their onions. Estelle P-Patch is located behind John Muir Elementary in what used to be a carriage road onto Rainier Avenue. Nestled between an apartment complex and residential houses, the patch has the feeling of an old English garden. Estelle features a diversity of growing techniques and styles especially by our Asian gardeners.

The gardens blossomed with children and adults, tomatoes and garlic, basil and cilantro. The scary place become safe, and the heady smells and bright colors were a magnet to come visit. Now the only drugs are in the occasional opium poppy, seeds from the past.

If you are interested in the potential of gardening here get on the Interest List, you can do that by clicking here.



From Downtown:

  1. Take I-5 South / I-90 East ramp towards Bellevue / Spokane
  2. Merge onto I-90 East and get into right lane as soon as possible
  3. Take the Rainier Ave S exit, exit #3
  4. Turn Right on Rainier Ave S
  5. Go 1.3 miles on Rainier Ave S to S Estelle St
  6. Turn left on S Estelle St
  7. P-patch is at the end of the street



3400 Rainier Avenue South (Map)


Size: 6,000 sq ft
Established: 1990
Number of plots:19
Plot Size: 100-400 sq'
Average wait: less than 1 year
Ownership of land: Seattle Transporation


Year round gardening

Bus Routes

7, 9, 48



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