Wednesday, December 5, 2018


If you missed out on a chance to sponsor a paver back in 2010, we’ve got good news!!
We’re planning to complete the curbside pathway in the large garden bed at Queen Anne Ave & Galer, and place pavers in the bed to the north of the driveway in front of 5 Spot/Olympia Pizza.

Now you, too, can see your name etched in Queen Anne history and show your support for the    Queen Anne Avenue gardens at Galer, Boston, and McGraw!!

Here’s all you’ll need to do when you reach the form page:
1.       Complete the form as directed;
2.       Click “Submit” at the end of the form;
3.       Mail your check to Picture Perfect Queen Anne 
       2212 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle 98109.

Thursday, November 1, 2018



What a colorful fall this has been so far. The leaves of the Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’ (Ironwood) trees have turned yellow overhead, while below, the purple catmint and asters, the magenta penstemon, the red and white ‘Hot Lips’ and the yellow yarrow continue to dazzle with their nonstop blooms.

And now the rains have come. What will the gardens look like next??


Monday, July 30, 2018

Come Visit Us at the QAFM

PPQA Board members will be in the Community Tent at the QA Farmers Market this coming Thursday, August 2nd. Stop by to share your thoughts about the streetscape improvements along QA Ave and what you'd like to see that would make the streetscape look even better. We'll also have lavender from the gardens that you can make into a lavender wand, put into a sachet packet, or take home as is. There's nothing like the scent of lavender!
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We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
Laura, Sheila, Judy, Kathy, Denny, Wayne

Monday, June 18, 2018


Twenty-three realtors and one Golden Retriever came ready and eager to spend the morning on Queen Anne Ave pulling weeds, picking up litter, sweeping sidewalks and street gutters, and washing utility poles and newspaper boxes. When they were done, the Avenue from McGraw to Galer fairly gleamed. 

The Board is honored that Windermere Real Estate|Queen Anne selected PPQA and the Queen Anne Avenue streetscape as their Community Day project. 

We wish to thank Susan Leonardson, Stephanie McRae, Danyelle O’Neal, Kamie Rasmussen, Holley Ring, Rene Stern, Kimberly Striker Hall, Karla Sullivan, Nancy Williams, Mindi Thomas, Cassandra Braatz, Cassie Walker Johnson, Nicole Bailey, Kevin Bohnert, Chris Cooley, Andrew Dolmseth, Sarah Dupuis, Susan Gilbert, Scott Haveson, Kimo Hunter, Dana Johnston, Diane Lancaster, Mary Lee…and Rene’s beautiful Golden Retriever, Brooklyn, for being well-rooted in their community and wanting to see the heart of our neighborhood looking sparkling clean and inviting.

Friday, May 18, 2018


We extend our heartfelt thanks to all of you who dug deep and gaveBIG on May 9th. We met our match and raised more than $8500.00, a record amount!!!

Your generosity will bring a riot of summer color to Galer, Boston, and McGraw and assures that the Seattle Conservation Corps will be able to bring water to the gardens and hand water them (all 4,000 square feet) as often as is necessary to keep them looking their best during the hottest, driest months of the season.

We are grateful that you are deeply rooted in our Queen Anne neighborhood and are keeping the heart of our community vibrant and welcoming.

We hope you had a chance to enjoy the wisteria in full bloom. Your support made the awesome display possible.

The PPQA Board
Denny, Ellen, Judy, Kathy, Laura, Margaret, Sheila, Wayne

Thursday, April 5, 2018

 giveBIG 2018 IS COMING!!

We’re gearing up for giveBIG, the one day crowd-funding event happening on Wednesday, May 9th.  So mark your calendars and get ready to giveBIG for All your favorite local nonprofits---including Picture Perfect Queen Anne---that do so much to enrich our lives.

More information about giveBIG and the Seattle-King County nonprofits that will be participating on May 9th can be found on the giveBIG website.


Thursday, March 22, 2018



The EDG Review Board heard all of us. Most importantly, Safeway heard all of us. The Safeway design team, influenced by our community's voices, has started from scratch to design a project that they hope will reflect and respect what we would like to see occupy this pivotal corner in the heart of our neighborhood.

Needing additional time to work on their plans, the design team has asked to postpone their presentation scheduled for Wednesday, April 4th. A new date has not yet been set. 


We'd like to introduce Judy Massong and Denny Bird. 

Judy has an eye for beautiful gardens as well as a lovely green thumb. She's a devoted gardener with an in-depth knowledge of Pacific Northwest horticulture. You may have visited her beautiful garden on a tour of Queen Anne residential gardens. A long-time PPQA donor and garden volunteer, she's excited to be putting her knowledge of gardening and fundraising to good use in her community.

Denny waxes eloquently about our Queen Anne neighborhood and shows it daily in the interactions he has with friends and neighbors. He further shows it as a member of the Queen Anne Community Council and its Land Use Review Committee. After taking part in PPQA garden work parties and fundraising activities over the last two years, this man of boundless energy, enthusiasm, and know-how (he also has a green thumb) finally agreed to become a Board member.

We're thrilled to have you both at the table!
Laura, Sheila, Kathy, Ellen, Margaret, Wayne

Friday, January 26, 2018


In light of the Early Design Guidance (EDG) Report issued on December 28, 2017, the Safeway team has gone back to the drawing boards to start from scratch and redesign their project.

Picture Perfect Queen Anne has sent a letter to the Safeway team and the building department’s city planner calling attention to and advocating for key recommendations embodied in the   
Queen Anne Avenue Streetscape Master Plan.

The Safeway team will be invited to attend either the February or March LURC meeting to present their new plans prior to their presentation before the EDG Review Board on April 4th.

We will continue to relay information as we receive it.

Margaret for the PPQA Board

Sunday, January 14, 2018


The Safeway design team has requested a later Early Design Guidance (EDG) meeting date. The new date is Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 6:30-9:30pm at the Queen Anne Community Center, Rm 1.

You can continue to find documents related to this project #3028696 at:

LURC (the QA Community Council’s Land Use Review Committee) will invite the design team to share their progress in either February or March. LURC generally meets on the third Monday of each month unless that Monday is a holiday (as will be the case in February). Stay tuned for future updates.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

It's 2018 and a new year in the gardens and along the streetscape of Queen Anne Avenue!!
We want to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to all our donors and volunteers for the exceptional TLC you gave the gardens in 2017. You are surely deeply rooted in your neighborhood. Your commitment assures the heart of our neighborhood will remain colorful and vibrant in the months ahead.

Please mark this important date on your calendar:
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6:30-9:30pm at the QA Community Center, Room 1
Early Design Guidance (EDG) Meeting for the Safeway Redevelopment Project

The report from the first EDG meeting can be found using this link:
Scroll to the bottom of the records listings. The EDG report is third from the bottom (as of this writing) with a date of 12/28/17.

Please continue to check our website for any additional meetings and project updates.

Happy New Year!!
Ellen, Kathy, Sheila, Wayne, Laura, Margaret