This year, our annual Fall Festival is raising money for the local nonprofit, Green Plate Special, and we’re so excited to tell you all about the meaningful work they do to help low-income youth experience food in new ways through gardening, cooking, and eating together.
One of the perks of working at Swansons is being able to visit PNW gardens. While the majority of gardens we visit are public, it’s always a treat to visit personal gardens and explore what local gardeners are doing in their private spaces. Nestled in an ordinary block north of Seattle, there is a floriferous wonderland called Fishtail Cottage. Complete with a white picket fence, romantic cottage garden flowers, and a bevy of animal greeters, you might feel like you have wandered out of the suburbs and into a modern fairy tale land.
I have been living in Seattle for almost six years and I admit, this was my first visit to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. The botanical garden features over 700 species of Rhododendron and many other fascinating plants as well. The garden encompasses 22 acres with a beautiful visitor center, gift shop, plant nursery, and trails for visitors to leisurely walk in the landscape.
An emerging idea as we blur the boundaries between ornamental and food gardening is the Food Forest. A project garnering recent attention is the Cascadia College (CC) Food Forest, on the campus shared by Cascadia and the University of Washington, Bothell (UWB). It is one of a few but growing number of college campuses in the U.S. which are maintained using sustainable practices and without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Swansons was thrilled to participate and to donate over 200 plants the restoration project! We were able to do so in part because of our Gift that Grows program.
The Sustainable Ballard team hosted their 8th Annual Edible Garden Tour on Saturday, June 25th. Of course, Swansons had to go see what our neighbors have been working on!