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Bradner Gardens: A Fresh Perspective

Friday, April 23, 2010by  WALLY Team

It's a place of tranquility, where stewardship and community take root. It has breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains, decorative gardens and winding paths, and fortunately for us, it's located right here in Seattle.


On Monday Brad, Steven and I headed to South Seattle to check out the Bradner Park Community Garden. Nestled atop the hill in the Mt. Baker neighborhood, this 1.6 acre plot of land is doing much more than just soaking up the sun. 


Among its many Master Gardens, which include Butterfly & Hummingbird, Fragrance, Sensory and Shade to name a few, you'll discover the secrets to why this place is so green year round. The park features a rainwater capture and irrigation system and maintains 100 percent pesticide-free sustainable gardening practices. However, it's the fruits of its keepers' labor that truly stand out in this P-Patch.


Bradner Park is a part of The Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program here in Seattle. A program aimed at helping those less fortunate in our communities, it provides local food banks with fresh, locally grown, sustainable organic food. 


'It's a real joy to be able to do what you love and help others by doing it,' said Liz, who is a longtime member of the Bradner Park counsel and has been overseeing the garden since its inception. 


It was a pleasure talking with Liz and learning more about the P-Patch Program as we soaked up the rare April sun. Take a look at our favorite shots of the day:


Gazebo garden 

The gazebo marks the central gathering spot in the 1.6 acre garden


wheelbarrows garden supplies p patch 

Visitors can borrow wheelbarrows & other gardening supplies as they work in the P-Patch


sustainable gardening practices drip irrigation 

The garden is filled with tips for sustainable gardening practices


home made scarcrow scares critters from harvest 

This home-made scarecrow keeps unwanted critters away from the delicious harvest


liz as p patch person for 10 years 

Liz has been a dedicated Bradner Gardens 'P-Patch Person' for over 10 years


If you'd like to learn more about Bradner Park or the P-Patch program, you can visit the website at: http://www.cityofseattle.net/neighborhoods/ppatch/. If you missed us at the garden, don't worry, we'll be back in action this weekend in Bellingham as we prepare to have a little Fun with the Fuzz. Join us!

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