Monday, November 27, 2017


November 28th is the global Day of Giving.

On Giving Tuesday, please think of the PPQA gardens you created and GIVE as generously as you can to keep them watered and well-tended in 2018. 

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Did you know you can continue to support the PPQA gardens this holiday season---and throughout the year?? Here’s how:

·         Sign in at Select Picture Perfect Queen Anne as the nonprofit organization you wish to support. Every time you shop at amazon, sign in at and shop as you always do.

·         Sign up online for a Bartell’s “B” Card. Select Picture Perfect Queen Anne as a nonprofit organization you wish to support. Then use your “B” card by providing your phone number to the cashier every time you check out at any Bartell’s Drug Store.

Both Amazon and Bartell’s will donate a percentage of your purchase total to PPQA

We are grateful for your support. You keep the wisteria blooming more profusely each year.
                                                                                                  --The PPQA Board

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Queen Anne Community Council's Land Use Review Committee will be meeting on Monday, November 20th from 7-9pm at the Queen Anne Manor at 100 Crockett St.

The Safeway Redevelopment Project is on the agenda. Please come if you can. This is an opportunity for you to share concerns and ask questions of the Committee and its chair, Marty Kaplan.

Since the Early Design Guidance Meeting on November 8th, Marty has heard from many in the community who have concerns about the development proposal and its compatibility with our neighborhood and want to know about the possibility of leveraging public benefit opportunities associated with developing the largest project within our Queen Anne business district.

For Your Reference:
Here's the link to the EDG documents prepared by the architectural firm for Nov 8th:

Here's the link to all the documents associated with the Safeway Project:
Scroll down to where there are four tabs beginning with "Current Permit and Complaint Activity." Click on the third tab, "Documents."

**Please note that the Early Design Review Board has asked the architects to return for an additional EDG meeting. Date and time have not yet been scheduled.

If you want to be on the email list to receive notifications about this project (#3028696), contact Crystal Torres, the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections planner assigned to this project. Her email address is

Margaret Okamoto
PPQA Board Chair

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Early Design Guidance Public Meeting
6:30pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Queen Anne Community Center, Rm 1
1901 1st Avenue W

We Encourage You To Attend

The architectural group for the Safeway development project will present their three alternative designs to the Queen Anne Design Review Board. This is one of the early steps the City requires developers of commercial and multifamily residential projects to take in their process of arriving at the final design plans they will submit to SDCI (Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections, aka “the building department”) for approval of their building permit.

The purpose of EDG is to give the SDCI planner assigned to this project, the volunteer QA Design Review Board, and all of us QA residents the opportunity to learn about, see, and comment on the project’s design in its early phase.

There will be additional public meetings as the design progresses, both with LURC (the QA Community Council’s Land Use Review Committee) and with the City’s Design Review Board.

Come back to check this page for updates.
The PPQA Board

Monday, August 14, 2017


Come visit and talk Queen Anne Avenue gardens and gardening with us in the Community Tent at the Queen Anne Farmers Market this coming Thursday afternoon, August 17th. Market hours are 3:00-7:30pm. Craig the Scarecrow will be on hand, ready and eager to pose for a photo with you.

We look forward to seeing you there.
Laura, Wayne, Sheila, Ellen, Kathy, Margaret

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A BIG Thank You for Digging Deep and givingBIG:

Emerald Bay Equity, Highway 99 Blues Club, Queen Anne Real Estate, Brad & Becky Parker, Jeff & Sharon Parker, Brian Regan, and PPQA Board Members Sheila Callahan, Laura Day, Kathy King, Ellen Monrad, Margaret Okamoto and Wayne Winder.

They created a match fund of $3000 to double the first $3000 donated to PPQA during giveBIG on May 10th.

And an equally BIG Thank You to all of you who rose to the challenge:

Anonymous (2)                                                               
Virginia Anderson                                                           
Charles & Nancy Bagley                             
Denny Bird                                                                            
Heidi Beck in honor of Olive                                                    
Jan Bergerson                                            
Louisa Clayton                                                                                
Diana Gale & Jerry Hillis                                                         
Virginia Hand                                              
Robert Hardwick                                        
Don Harper & Suzanne Grant                    
Michael & Julia Herschensohn                   
Steven & Sandy Hill                                    
Gordon Jackins                                           
Carol Jackson in honor of neighbors keeping our community looking its vibrant best              Kathy Jenkins                                              
Terri Johnston
Krijn & Judy de Jonge
Rita & Robert Kotler
Liam Lavery in honor of Yazmin Mehdi
Don & Pam Miles
Joy Ordal
Meg Owen
Loryn Paxton
Herb & Lucy Pruzan
Eric Schlegel
Jenny Scroggs
Erik Smith
Rene Stern
Elaine Talbot
Adam Teepe
Cathryn Virzi
Unmesh Wankhede

Together you raised $6312 for the gardens at Galer, Boston, and McGraw!!! Thanks to you PPQA has the funds to cover the estimated $6200 cost for watering the gardens from May through September.

As you can see, your donations are already being put to use to pay for the weekly visits of the Seattle Conservation Corps that began in May. There is no ready access to water and hoses at the garden locations. The Corps, with their water truck, has both the know-how and the means to make sure the gardens are well watered this summer.

Thank you for providing this crucial garden care.

Sunday, May 14, 2017


A BIG thank you to everyone who participated on the day of giveBIG. You donated over $3200!! Each dollar you gave up to $3000 was matched dollar-for-dollar by a group of special garden supporters--a total of over $6200 for  the gardens!!!

Your overwhelming generosity funds this summer's weekly visits by the Seattle Conservation Corps, providing the water the gardens at Galer, Boston, and McGraw need to thrive in these usually warm, dry months.

Thank you for keeping the gardens beautiful!

Sheila, Laura, Kathy, Ellen, Margaret, Wayne

Monday, May 8, 2017


Do you know that the City paid zero dollars in 2016 for the upkeep of the gardens along QA Ave at Galer, Boston, and McGraw??

You and faithful donors like you keep the daffodils from dying and the wisteria watered. Everyone who has been cheered by the Lenten roses or been caught off guard by a whiff of lovely lavender thanks you for your dedication.

Will you give a little bigger this year?? Thanks to some generous garden supporters, all gifts received up to $3,000 during giveBIG on Wednesday, May 10th will be matched dollar for dollar. Reaching our goal would mean a total of $6,000---the amount needed to water the gardens this summer. That's a really BIG deal!!! Now more than ever, you can make the flowers bloom in profusion!!

You can schedule your gift now to have it count for our giveBIG match or make your gift on giveBIG Wednesday itself. Either way, you'll surely make the plants grow and the flowers bloom.

Sheila, Laura, Kathy, Ellen, Margaret, Wayne

Friday, May 5, 2017

Give BIG is Fast Approaching


The gardens on Queen Anne Avenue at Galer, Boston, and McGraw can't do it without you. The summer months are dry in Seattle. Only you have the power to save the flowers from wilting under the harsh sun and roadside heat at the top of Queen Anne Ave.

Donate to Picture Perfect Queen Anne through GiveBIG on Wednesday, May 10th, and help pay the staggering $6,000 plus water bill expected this summer!

Thanks to some generous garden supporters, all donations up to $3,000 through GiveBIG will be matched on a one-for-one basis! Now more than ever, your power can make a difference!

Sincere Thanks,
Margaret Okamoto, Kathy King, Sheila Callahan, Ellen Monrad, Laura Day and Wayne Winder

 (The Board of Picture Perfect Queen Anne)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Get Ready for Give Big


Give BIG to PPQA on May 10th. Your support ensures colorful blooms in the gardens along Queen Anne Ave at Galer, Boston, and McGraw.

Thanks to the generosity of some committed donors, the first $2500 in donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thereby doubling the value of your contribution. So come back here on May 10th to "DONATE NOW".

Busy on May 10th? Come back here beginning April 2th and "DONATE NOW" to pre-schedule your donation.

Friday, March 24, 2017


No, this isn’t the work of a graffiti artist. It is code, though. These are the professional markings used to indicate the location of telecommunication, alarm or signal lines, cables or conduit. The SDOT crew used these utility markings as guidance in placing the six new trees they planted at Galer on Wednesday, March 22nd.

Replacing the no-longer-healthy maples are Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ or Persian Ironwood trees.

We know they look so little and twiggy now. They will be beautiful once they become established and go through a few growing seasons.

Below is a link where you can learn more about them. Then you can imagine what the Galer gardens area could look like as these trees grow:

The gardens definitely look very bare at the moment. That's because we dug out plants to make room for the removal of the not-so-healthy maples trees and the planting of the Persian Ironwood. Another garden party will be underway soon and the plants will be back in their home.

Thank goodness it's spring. Colorful blooms will be appearing as the season progresses. Come visit and watch all the changes!

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~

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