At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

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~

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.

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