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P-Patch Community Gardens

Queen Anne

Queen Anne

Seattle started its recent history with more rugged topography than currently exists. As streets were built, hill sides bulldozed and other major civil projects undertaken, the fill wound up in ravines and crevices throughout the city. Building the Seattle Center provided much of that fill for various nooks and crannies of Queen Anne. The current location of the Queen Anne P-Patch is at the head of the Wolf Creek Ravine, a ravine which once extended across Boston street at the top of the hill. Neighbors of the P-Patch, whose houses now are enclosed by land, have pictures of their homes extending into the ravine. Fill from the Seattle Center, shortened the ravine remarkably.

The open space created lay fallow for more than thirty years, growing a huge pile of blackberries, Scotch brom, and Japanese knotweed, rusted cars and other assorted junk. The open space also grew a collection of development plans, none of which came to fruition. In the late eighties as Seattle readied to pass the 1989 open space bond fund, neighbors were anxious that a particularly large development plan would not get built on the site of one of the last open spaces on Queen Anne hill. The site was nominated for purchase with the bond funds and the commitment of a large number of wannabe community gardeners ensured that the site was earmarked for Community gardening.

Imagine a town of 35,000 people, which has almost no room for gardening. You have coorectly imagined Queen Anne. When word got out that a garden would be built, people erupted from the community and in short order, cleared thirty years of collected and overgrown garbage, to build a jewel of a P-Patch hidden on the top of the hill. Although there are only about 40 gardeners at the site, it is hardly a lonely garden. Daily, during any time of the year, neighbors walk through the garden examine its delights and share with the gardeners.

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

Directions

(Map)

From Downtown:

  1. Take 4th Ave
  2. Bear Right onto 4th Ave N
  3. Bear Right onto Broad St
  4. Bear Left onto 5th Ave N
  5. Turn Right on Lee St
  6. Turn Left on Taylor Ave N
  7. Continue on 5th Ave N
  8. Turn Left on Lynn St to P-Patch at end of Lynn St

  

 
Address

3rd Ave N & Lynn St (Map)

Details

Size: 15,000 sq ft
Established: 1994
Number of plots: 73
Plot Size: 100-200 sq'
Average wait: 4 yrs
Ownership of land: Seattle Parks

Features

Year round gardening
Beehive
Orchard

Bus Routes

3, 4

Links

Garden Photo's snow 2012- P-Patch Jan 2012

 

 
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