University Heights

Address: 5031 University Way NE

About The P-Patch

Number Of Plots: 31
Established: 1991
Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Wait Time: 0-6 months

2013 Garden Redevelopment

The UHeights P-Patch redevelopment is underway. Want to volunteer? Interested in a gardening space? Since it is a total rebuild plot assignments will be happening like a new p-patch build, based on hours. Click here to learn how plots are assigned.

How to Get Involved?

Come to work parties! Keep up with what is going on by checking in their garden blog.


Center for the Community

The fastest P-Patch ever built is at the University Heights Center for the Community. A sign on the fence lured in volunteers and they arrived at the same time as the load of supplies: lumber for raised beds and cardboard to go under the wood chipped paths. The site was quickly cleared and by the end of the first day each member of the construction crew took a rest in an empty kid-sized raised bed. Six beds with six tired bodies; we did make a funny site, almost as if we'd found our final resting spots! Week two saw construction of the larger raised beds and arrival of leaf compost, top soil, organic soil amendments and three mountains of wood chips. It seemed as if everything came in ten yard loads. Ten yards can fill a lot of wheelbarrows, many times too! Anxious gardeners planted even before the fence was finished. The gate with the yellow sunburst rays was the final touch at the Patchworks!

University Heights P-Patch, is located in the heavily urban U District neighborhood and serves a diverse population. This garden was initially constructed in the corner of an underutilized playground and has expanded in 1995 and 2002. The garden now includes a unique rain water recycling system built by gardeners and the University of Washington Landscape Architect, Industrial Design, and Art students in a collaboration design build project in 2002.