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Children’s Garden vying for national grant

Posted by Kate Bergman on April 11th, 2011

Update 4/12: The Children’s Garden just emailed to say it will again be featured by garden guru Cisco Morris.

The “Gardening with Ciscoe” TV show contacted us on short notice to use the garden to film another episode yesterday, featuring a really cool slug and snail expert, Ciscoe and Meeghan’s usual gardening tips, and the news about the Gray Whale Garden’s new eye! Tune in this weekend and/or the next two weekends, at any of the times and stations listed below:

Saturday 4/16 @ 3:30pm on KONG-TV, Saturday 4/23 @ 10:30 am on KING-TV, Saturday 4/30 @ 10:00 am on KING-TV and @ 1:30 pm on KONG-TV.

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The Children’s Garden at the Magnuson Community Garden is hoping to get a $4,000 grant from Organic Gardening Magazine and DeLoach Organic Winery.

From Seattle Parks & Recreation:

The Children’s Garden was largely built and is maintained by volunteers from the community. It contains one of the largest P-Patches in King County, which donates more than 4,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks each year, and an outdoor amphitheater that provides a picturesque setting for free summer concerts, Shakespeare-in-the-park performances, and other special events.

From now until August 1st, supporters can vote once each day for the garden (vote here.) The top five gardens will each get $4,000.

If the Children’s Garden receives one of the grants, it will fund two very worthy projects that will benefit all visitors, especially seniors and disabled gardeners:

* A much-needed major expansion to the disabled-access P-Patch plots, which provide wheelchair-height and standing-height garden beds for gardeners who cannot use the standard in-ground plots.

* Interpretive signs to make it easy for all visitors to find their way around all the different areas of the Community Garden, and to understand the mission and goals of each area.



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1 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Susan // Apr 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Boy Scout Troop 166 has done numerous Eagle Scout projects in the Children’s Garden. Check out the nesting boxes and bat boxes!