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A textural composition of deer ferns (Blechnum spp.) in the Woodland Garden. Photo: Luke McGuff


Carkeek Park
950 NW Carkeek Park Road
Seattle, Washington 98177

Admission is free and open to all, including leashed dogs.[/sidebar]

Public demonstration gardens begin with idealism, hope, and the best of intentions. In the mid-1990s, a small but ambitious project was undertaken in Carkeek Park, a 216-acre public park in north Seattle. With the help of many volunteers, a few Parks and Recreation Department employees, and funding from two generous grants, gardens beds were installed adjacent to a meadow in a large open area behind the park’s administration buildings. The goal was to show the diversity of plants that could easily and successfully be grown in the Pacific Northwest without the use of fertilizers, insecticides, or pesticides, and with little to no supplemental water. Each bed focused on different soil and growing conditions that challenge gardeners in our region. Eights beds demonstrated a variety of plantings including kitchen garden, woodland shade, rain garden, blue garden, and ...


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