Wednesday, April 27, 2022

GiveBIG FOR THE GARDENS!


WON'T YOU BE OUR NEIGHBOR &
GiveBIG FOR THE GARDENS?!

Children and adults joined the garden work party 
on April 23, 2022

We’re excited to be taking part in GiveBIG 2022. We want to make sure you have the information you need to GiveBIG for the gardens along Queen Anne Avenue at Galer, Boston, and McGraw.

Early giving is underway. You can click here to contribute now. Or you can GiveBIG using the same link on May 3-4.

Generous garden supporters Virginia Anderson, Beth Bunnell, Mary Cole, Mawan Kashkoush & Phoebe Brockman, Lori Kent & Tracy Wald, Stacy Lawson & Steve Sarkowsky, Jeff & Sharon Parker, Kathleen Stallings, Ann & Robert Stier, Denny Bird, Laura Corvi, Kathy & Tim King, Judy Massong, Ellen Monrad, and Margaret & Deems Okamoto will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $7,500.00, so your gift immediately doubles in value!

Please let friends and family know that you’re GivingBIG to support the gardens and encourage them to GiveBIG, too.

The gardens depend upon us all to thrive. Your gift ensures that the Seattle Conservation Corps will truck water to the garden beds and water them during the summer months, and Marianna Clark will professionally maintain the beds year round.

When you GiveBIG, the gardens GiveBackBIG to us. Your support means the heart of our hilltop neighborhood, remains pedestrian- and family-friendly, environmentally resilient, vibrant, and welcoming.

That’s FLOWER POWER!



 


Monday, February 14, 2022

 

Don Miles, Longtime Queen Anne Resident, Has Died

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A Champion of Public Spaces and Communities that
Reflect the Vision of Those Who Live and Work in Them

 

Transformative change begins with one person identifying a need, many people coming together to propose ideas and articulate a vision, and that special person to facilitate discussions and design the plan rooted in that vision.

Don Miles was that special person.

                                                 (Photo courtesy of ZGF)

Don was a principal at architectural and urban planning firm, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (ZGF) when the PPQA Board met him in 2005. With funding from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, we hired ZGF to work with our neighborhood in crafting a vision for the streetscape (the public sidewalk space) of Queen Anne Ave N from Galer to McGraw. The outcome of the public meetings was the Queen Anne Avenue Streetscape Master Plan. 

Over the years, Picture Perfect Queen Anne and our community have used this plan to transform the streetscape of Queen Anne Avenue from cracked and crumbling gray concrete and weeds to repaved sidewalks and colorful gardens.

Don’s fingerprints can be seen everywhere along Queen Anne Avenue:

  • The plaza at the Towne Center with its bronze sculptures created by Georgia Gerber at Don’s request
  • The Sweet Brier and Eden Hill developments that set aside public space and created amenities for the Queen Anne Farmers Market
  • The gardens at Galer, Boston, and McGraw
  • The street furniture and light standards

Don was involved in the writing of “The Upper Queen Anne Neighborhood Design Guidelines” that serve as a reference, along with the Streetscape Plan, for the West Design Review Board as they evaluate development projects proposed for our retail corridor.

In retirement, Don remained a tireless advocate for what he believed to be key to vibrant neighborhoods: pedestrian-and family-friendly public spaces and beautiful places that invited people to stop and mingle. 

Don Miles died on December 2, 2021. He was 79 years old. We will continue to carry his legacy forward.

The PPQA Board: Denny Bird, Laura Corvi, Kathy King, Judy Massong, Ellen Monrad, Margaret Okamoto

 

Sunday, November 28, 2021



        
PLANT   WEED   WATER   REPEAT

PPQA has an incredibly devoted and hardworking crew of volunteers. You may have seen them in the gardens along Queen Anne Ave at Galer, Boston, and McGraw on Saturday morning, October 16th, digging deep to put in new plants, spreading compost and bark, pruning plants, picking up litter and sweeping gutters and sidewalks. We can’t tell you how good it felt to be together in-person and getting our hands into the garden soil after a one-year pandemic hiatus.

As Board member Denny Bird commented when all was said and done, “Honestly, this is the best the Galer gardens have looked in the last five years.”

Many thanks to all the amazing volunteers, to Starbucks and Safeway for providing beverages and to Seattle Public Utilities for equipping us with gloves, vests, and clean-up supplies as part of their Adopt-A-Street program.

Speaking of which, Picture Perfect Queen Anne has officially joined the Adopt-A-Street program as stewards of the Queen Anne Ave N streetscape from Galer to McGraw. We invite you to join in to keep the sidewalks clean in 2022.

Along with volunteers, PPQA is fortunate to have generous and dedicated donors who dig deep to ensure the gardens remain a vibrant and welcoming presence in the heart of our neighborhood.

Thank you to everyone who believes in and supports 
public spaces and beautiful places. 

Happy Holidays
Denny, Ellen, Judy, Kathy, Laura, Margaret