At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

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

Monday, June 27, 2016



The yuccas are going wild at Galer, Boston and McGraw. Do you think this could have anything to do with the perfect spring weather we've had and the care they've been given by the Vertumni crew?!? Not to mention the nutrients they've gotten from a new blanket of compost donated by Cedar Grove?

For the second year, Cedar Grove has donated ten cubic yards of compost for the gardens. Their main criterion for their donation is community involvement and support. So we remain in awe of all our donors who have shown time and again how much they care about the gardens and how important they think the gardens are to the well-being and beauty of our main street. You made this donation possible.

I just read that yuccas don’t always bloom every year. Ours seem to like putting on yearly shows. Go see them while the flowers are at their prime.

The inscribed pavers are in place in the Boston Garden. We hope you’ll agree that they add a distinctive presence while giving people a solid place to step when entering or exiting a vehicle parked adjacent to the garden bed. We invite you to walk the path and read what your neighbors have to say.

PPQA volunteer, Tim King, is pruning back the healthy wisteria vine at Galer. We promised SDOT we would keep the enthusiastic vine from once again growing up the utility line, so we cut it back three times a year.

PPQA is about more than the gardens. We also work to keep our main street safe for pedestrians. You may have noticed that the crosswalk striping was pretty much gone at all three crossing areas of the Queen Anne Ave N & Galer intersection.  We were especially concerned as these crosswalks are heavily used by the children who attend St Anne’s. SDOT had this on their list and they have restriped the crosswalks!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A BIG thank you to each and every one of you who donated to PPQA during the GiveBIG event. Please know your generosity assures that the gardens will receive the water and care they'll need to look their best this summer and fall. We are most grateful for your support.
Elaine, Ellen, Kathy, Margaret, 
Scot, Wayne, 

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