At the Bottom of the Galer Steps

At the Bottom of the Galer Steps


About Us

Picture Perfect Queen Anne (PPQA) is a volunteer-powered neighborhood alliance. Through the combined efforts of Queen Anne neighbors (both residents and businesses) and with funding from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the Office of Economic Development, PPQA is working to revitalize the streetscape of Queen Anne Avenue from Galer to McGraw. Our goal is a pedestrian and family-friendly, safe and vibrant main street that everyone in our community will enjoy.

All of our work is guided by the Queen Anne Avenue Streetscape Master Plan. This plan, formulated over eight months from August, 2005 to March, 2006, was a collaborative effort between PPQA, the community, and the urban design firm, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership (ZGF), with matching fund support from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

The intersection gardens on Queen Anne Avenue are key components of the Streetscape Plan to keep the commercial area inviting. Queen Anne firms Land2c Landscape Architecture andVirginia Hand Design donated the garden designs to the community. Land2C also donated the design for the new gardens flanking the Galer Stairs and provides ongoing landscape guidance.

PPQA is responsible for all the ongoing garden upkeep. We depend on the community's financial support which makes it possible for us to have Wenger Design & Landscape properly maintain the gardens year round. Since water is not readily available at all garden locations, the generosity of donors also enables us to have the Seattle Conservation Corps bring their water trucks on site to water all the gardens during the dry summer months.

It’s not just the gardens along QA Avenue that are part of the streetscape plan. You can see additional elements of the plan at these locations:
  • Benches and light standards in front of the Gilbert Apartments between Galer & Garfield;
  • Pedestrian scale light standards, bicycle racks, permeable concrete in front of the Eden Hill and Sweet Brier buildings;
  • Pedestrian scale light standards, bicycle racks and an activated plaza in front of the Towne Building;
  • Curb bulbs at and parking layout between Crockett & Howe;
  • Bench adjacent to the garden at the corner of Boston;
  • New bicycle racks on the Boston side of Starbucks;
  • Modular newspaper boxes.

The PPQA Board of Directors

Left to right, seated: Elaine Talbot, Vice Chair & Treasurer,
Margaret Okamoto, Chair, Wayne Winder, Webmaster
Standing: Kathy King, Secretary, and Ellen Monrad.
Photo courtesy of Christina Martini

Board Documents

If you would like more information or would like to work with us, please contact Margaret Okamoto at

Where are the Gardens that we maintain?

This map shows the location of the gardens on QA Avenue that PPQA maintains. Click the image to open an interactive map in a new window.

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