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

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, 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Give BIG!


On Tuesday, May 3rd, the Seattle Foundation's one day online event returns for its sixth year. We're excited that for the first time, we will be part of greater Seattle's biggest day of giving. Neighbors like you joined together to create the gardens along Queen Anne Avenue at Galer, Boston and McGraw. Please contribute to Picture Perfect Queen Anne to help keep the gardens flourishing and our main street vibrant.

Friday, April 15, 2016


Don’t you agree that this is turning out to be a most gloriously colorful Seattle spring?!? The gardens along Queen Anne Avenue at Galer, Boston, and McGraw are happening places. Here’s some of what you’ll see:

·         The wisteria blooming at Galer. It’s beautiful with its delicate purple flowers trailing along the top of the rock wall;
·         Variegated yellow and green yuccas along with the cotoneaster’s red berries providing a striking presence alongside the Galer Stairs;
·         Yarrow and Lenten roses blooming in many of the gardens;
·         Yellow daffodils dancing in the sun under the ginkgo trees on Boston. This is Ellen’s Daffodil Garden as it was she who expended much elbow grease digging in compacted soil to plant the King Alfred bulbs donated by Allan Rosenthal;
·         The long-awaited donor-inscribed pavers that the Vertumni crew will be installing in the Boston garden this Saturday morning.

People often ask whose gardens these are and who is responsible for their upkeep. They belong to the community and were created and are maintained by you:  the residents, business owners, and property owners ---everyone who founded, volunteers for, and donates to Picture Perfect Queen Anne. To that end, five stones will be installed in the gardens on Saturday-- two at Galer, two at McGraw, one at Boston--that have been inscribed with our organization’s name and logo.
Thank you to Donna at Mammoth Stoneworks who deftly etched all the paver and stone inscriptions.

Please, do walk by and take a look at all that’s new and wonderful in the gardens.

Kathy, Wayne, Ellen, Scot, Elaine, Margaret

Friday, March 4, 2016


First and foremost, THANK YOU for helping us meet our goals for 2015-16. Please know that per the Secretary of State’s Charitable Solicitation Profile, Picture Perfect Queen Anne applies 97% of the donations we receive to our mission (latest year reported: 2014). We are devoted to efficiently applying your contributions to the Gardens along Queen Anne Avenue North.

Did you know there are two retailers that will make financial donations to support PICTURE PERFECT QUEEN ANNE? And you won't even notice!

Online retailer Amazon has the program.  Simply log onto, designate PICTURE PERFECT QUEEN ANNE and a percentage of your purchases will be donated directly to us! 

Bartell's also has a rewards program, the "B" Caring Card.  Simply pick up a card at any Bartell Drugs. Then register your card and designate PICTURE PERFECT QUEEN ANNE as the nonprofit organization you wish to support.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016


Lenten roses, those beautiful late winter bloomers, are bursting forth in the gardens at Galer and McGraw. More yarrow plants think now's their time to bloom as well. Look for their yellow flowers as you walk by the McGraw gardens. It surely feels like spring is on its way.

Ellen planted some giant King Alfred daffodil bulbs this week alongside the ginkgo trees on the Boston St side of Starbucks. A gift from Allan Rosenthal, look for them to bloom later this spring.

This is the perfect month to surround yourself with an abundance of garden color and inspiration at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, coming to the Washington State Convention Center downtown from February 17-21. With its theme, "America the Beautiful: Celebrating America's National Parks and Landmarks," the show will be grand as always.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016



Yucca & flowering yellow yarrow at McGraw in December

Can you believe we’re talking garden blooms in January?!? Actually, this photo goes back to December. Kathy King took it because she couldn’t believe she was seeing yarrow blooming in a garden bed in winter. Set in front of the bright, variegated yucca, this makes for a most attractive late spring sight…in winter, of all things.

This is supposed to be the season when growth slows while plants prepare for spring blooms. Our weather seems to be sending mixed messages and many plants are having difficulty deciphering whether it’s winter or spring. You just might want to take a look around in the various garden beds along Queen Anne Ave at Galer, Boston, and McGraw and see what unusual happenings you can spot. We hear tell daffodils, those harbingers of spring, are already poking up. And it’s still January! Wonder what Punxsutawney Phil will see on February 2nd.

If you’re looking for a bit of light reading, check out our Fall/Holiday Kiosk Newsletter.

Happy New Year
The PPQA Board