At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Get Ready for Give Big


Give BIG to PPQA on May 10th. Your support ensures colorful blooms in the gardens along Queen Anne Ave at Galer, Boston, and McGraw.

Thanks to the generosity of some committed donors, the first $2500 in donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thereby doubling the value of your contribution. So come back here on May 10th to "DONATE NOW".

Busy on May 10th? Come back here beginning April 2th and "DONATE NOW" to pre-schedule your donation.

Friday, March 24, 2017


No, this isn’t the work of a graffiti artist. It is code, though. These are the professional markings used to indicate the location of telecommunication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit. The SDOT crew used these utility markings as guidance in placing the six new trees they planted at Galer on Wednesday, March 22nd.

Replacing the no-longer-healthy maples are Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ or Persian Ironwood trees.

We know they look so little and twiggy now. They will be beautiful once they become established and go through a few growing seasons.

Below is a link where you can learn more about them. Then you can imagine what the Galer gardens area could look like as these trees grow:

The gardens definitely look very bare at the moment. That's because we dug out plants to make room for the removal of the not-so-healthy maples trees and the planting of the Persian Ironwood. Another garden party will be underway soon and the plants will be back in their home.

Thank goodness it's spring. Colorful blooms will be appearing as the season progresses. Come visit and watch all the changes!

Monday, February 20, 2017


Though you haven't heard from us in a while, we've been quite busy "below the surface of the soil," so to speak. We've bid a sad farewell to Elaine Talbot, PPQA's vice president and treasurer, and a Board member since the community-developed Queen Anne Avenue Streetscape Master Plan was published in 2006. Elaine has been a major part of all the work we've done and projects we've accomplished over the last 11 years and we are certainly going to miss her dedication and support.

At the same time, we have two new Board members. We are pleased to welcome Sheila Callahan and Laura Day.

Sheila spent a number of years on the Queen Anne Community Council and its Parks Committee. She has taken part in our garden work parties and seems a natural fit for the PPQA Board. She has jumped right into the work flow and is pleased to be PPQA's new Treasurer.

Laura is a current member of the Queen Anne Community Council and has now added the PPQA Board to the mix. Laura brings her expertise as a freelance grant writer to our organization as well as her enthusiasm for gardening. 

Look for Sheila and Laura digging away in the garden beds at future work parties.

And a work party is what we had on Saturday, February 18th...a morning in the Galer Gardens we designated as "Valentine's Day in the Gardens." Rain couldn't stop this dedicated group of all ages from our "top-of-the-soil" tasks of pruning, weeding, raking, and sweeping: generally tidying up all the beds at Galer. We joined Marianna Clark, a Queen Anne resident and the professional landscaper who will be maintaining the garden beds on behalf of Wenger Design and Landscape, a firm we hired in January. 

From the top of the Galer Stairs, L to R: Barbara Freeman, Carol Jackson, Susan Veninga, Marianna Clark, Debi Ferguson,
Margaret Okamoto, Brad Parker, Wade Parker, Becky Parker and Sybil Parker
Not pictured: Laura Day and Kathy King

Daffodils are poking their heads up in the garden beds at Galer, Boston and McGraw
We all look forward to another blooming year in the gardens!
~Sheila, Laura, Kathy, Ellen, Margaret, & Wayne~

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