At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The prime holiday shopping season is quickly approaching. Are you someone who takes advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals? Or do you prefer to do your holiday shopping after the Thanksgiving weekend? Either way you can:

*shop online at AmazonSmile
*shop at Bartell’s and show your Bartell’s “B” card when you check out. Don’t have one?? You can sign up for a “B” card at the checkout counter or online.

Know that not only will you bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones this season, you’ll bring beautiful blooms to the gardens at Galer, Boston, and McGraw. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rain, rain, rain. Then multiple weather sites predict sun for Thursday, Nov 2nd. So we grab our gardening tools and run for it. It turns out to be the perfect day to be outdoors in the gardens. Eight of us weed, remove litter, rake, prune, and plant in all the gardens at Galer, Boston, and McGraw. When done we are spent, but oh, how wonderful we think the gardens look!!

Plants we added
*Sedum Angelina   *Russian Sage   *Virburnum Davidii   *Black-eyed Susan
*Black-twig Dogwood   *Salvia   *Epimedium   *Rhubus groundcover
*Slowmound Mugo Pine   *Hydrangea 'Pee Wee'                                                     

Thanks to super volunteers Carol Jackson, Susan Veninga, Barbara Freeman, and Denny Bird who joined Board members Elaine Talbot, Wayne Winder, Sheila Callahan, and Margaret Okamoto. Many thanks to Board member and landscape designer, Kathy King, who, while not able to dig in the dirt at the moment, selected the plants, brought them to and set them out at their chosen garden sites, mixed and had ready the seaweed fertilizer that promotes strong root growth, and answered questions/offered advice.

Thanks as well to Land2C Landscape Design for drafting the planting plan and providing the plants at their wholesale price.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


We are looking for two new Board members who are willing, both literally and figuratively, to get their hands dirty.                                                           

PPQA’s goal is to create and maintain a pedestrian and family-friendly, safe and vibrant main street along Queen Anne Ave from Galer to McGraw that everyone in our community will enjoy. To that end, we need folks who:
  • Consider the gardens at Galer, Boston and McGraw to be an important community asset
  • Will promote the organization and its streetscape projects within our community and to the City
  • Will help with fundraising
  • Will help set and carry out organizational goals and policy
  • Will attend monthly Board meetings and help with Board tasks

We’re especially looking for folks who, in addition to the above, are willing and able to:
  • Promote the organization on social media sites
  • Act as the organization's bookkeeper
The time commitment averages 3-4 hours per month---more some months, less in others.

You can learn more about Picture Perfect Queen Anne here on the pages of our website and by looking through the Queen Anne Avenue Streetscape Master Plan which guides all the work we do. The link can be found at the bottom of the “Projects” page.
If you think you’d be interested in joining the Board and being involved with the community, please email us at Tell us a little about yourself and the skills you would bring to the organization. We will then set up a time to meet with you so we can get acquainted and answer any questions you might have.

Know someone you think would be interested in joining the Board? Please pass this information along to them.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Margaret Okamoto
Board President

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