Sunday, September 5, 2010

Fall is for Fun!

Welcome to the Magnuson Children's Garden! We have some fun events planned for fall that we know you'll enjoy!

Family Gardening Day:
Friday September 24th
(part of our United Way "Day of Caring" event)

Come spend an hour or two at the Magnuson Children's Garden! A wonderful group of volunteers from the Japan Business Association will be doing some fall cleanup and mulching to get ready for our big event on October 2nd (see below), and you are welcome to help. No previous gardening experience necessary! All adults who participate are invited to bring children with them for free nature activities, such as exploring the worm bin, going on sensory walks, and creating nature art. Tools and gloves are provided for all adults and children, along with refreshments. Teens receive service learning credit for their volunteering. To top it off, King County Master Gardeners and other horticultural experts will be on hand to answer questions about your own garden free of charge!

Nature Explorers Jamboree and Harvest Celebration
Saturday October 2nd


Free admission for all the fun!
Sponsored by Magnuson Community Center and the Magnuson Community Garden.

Join in a great big celebration of another great year of Jr. Nature Explorers Camps, Family Nature Explorers Programs, and a bountiful harvest from the Magnuson P-Patch and Demonstration Orchard! There will be tons of fun for the whole family:
  • Scavenger hunts in an orchard maze
  • A fruit-tasting tent
  • Fresh cider pressing
  • Scarecrow-making
  • Nature art and fort-making
  • Worm bin exploration
  • Garden tours led by Jr. Nature Explorers
  • "Harvest Parade"
  • and more.....
  • Plus a very special musical guest appearance by Caspar Babypants, who will lead all children and adults in a fun "nature song sing-along"!

Blues for Food Fest - Harvest Parade!
Here are a couple of photos from yesterday's Harvest Parade, which has been a special event for the children and families who attend the annual Blues for Food Fest. We picked 14 baskets of green and purple beans, squash, tomatoes, strawberries, kohlrabi, chives, and oregano to donate to local food banks!

Garden Description
This vibrant, interactive, children’s garden is open FREE to the public year-round, during all hours that Magnuson Park is open. The garden was designed by a team of professionals, using the ideas that were dreamed up by children from the community, and is filled with plants and other features that delight all the senses:
• A sea of grasses that rustle in the wind.
• Hundreds of plants that feed butterflies and other beneficial insects, hummingbirds and songbirds.
• The Tea Garden and Pizza Garden.
• Child-size picnic tables, plus tree stump stools and benches to sit and dream.

• A spiral path up a hill to the Lookout, the highest point in the whole community garden.
• The Fort Zone, complete with everything you'll need to build a unique "house" of your own.
• The Salmon Survival Path, which winds from our "ocean" up to the Lookout.
• A Grey Whale Garden, complete with mosaic tail and eyes, and a tall grass spout!

We welcome all volunteer groups who would like to help sustain the Children's Garden. As the Seattle Works volunteers (photo left) will testify, our "Gardening Day" events are tons of fun too!

For more information on our events and volunteer opportunities, contact the Magnuson Children's Garden Committee at

For info about the Jr. Nature Explorers program, which is sponsored by the Magnuson Community Center, visit

You can also find additional information about the Magnuson Children’s Garden and Community Garden at

Directions to the Garden:
The Children's Garden is part of the 3.5 acre Magnuson Community Garden, located inside Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

The Children's Garden is easy to find! It is located right behind building #406, also known as "The Brig". If you are traveling to the garden by foot or by car, follow these directions:

Enter Magnuson Park at the 74th St entrance. Go approx. 4 blocks until you reach the second 4-way stop sign. The entrance to the Community Garden is via the sidewalk on the north side of this intersection. The Children's Garden is just a few steps down the sidewalk- look on your left for an entry arbor with colorful flags and a Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Tree draped over its top, and the giant Grey Whale Garden !

If you're driving, turn right at that second 4-way stop, and park in the Jr. League Playground parking lot. (if you reach the dog park you've gone too far) Use the crosswalk to go back across 74th St. and into the Children's Garden!


Magnuson Park is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, which was held this year on April 11th-17th. The Magnuson Community Center, Children's Garden, and Bird-Friendly Landscape hosted several educational events that week for school-age children!
For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit

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