Organic Gardening Magazine and DeLoach Organic Winery have chosen the Magnuson Community Garden to participate in a nationwide grant contest, and supporters can vote online at www.deloachcommunitygardens.com/.
2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the 4-acre Magnuson Community Garden, which contains a Children’s Garden, Native Plant Border, Demonstration Orchard, Tranquil Garden (for horticulture therapy), and a Native Plant Nursery.
The Community Garden was largely built and is maintained by volunteers from the community. It also 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.
Web site viewers can vote online at www.deloachcommunitygardens.com once a day for their favorite garden between now and July 31. The Magnuson Community Garden icon is two smiling girls holding their newly made scarecrows.
The five gardens receiving the most votes will each receive a $4,000 grant. If the Community 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.
For more information about the Community Garden, please go to www.seattle.gov/magnusongarden