Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bradner Gardens Park

S Grand Street & 29th Avenue S May 2010

Bradner Gardens Park May 2010

 Gazebo at Bradner Gardens Park May 2010

Tea-kettle-head robot-scarecrow at Bradner Gardens Park May 2010

Tile mosaic in the restroom at Bradner Gardens Park

Wheelbarrows at Bradner Gardens Park

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We begin our tour of Bradner Gardens Park at the corner of S Grand Street & 29th Avenue S in Seattle.  Look at the Downtown skyline.  Views aren't as good from within the park.  Although I have never gardened here, I feel qualified to conduct this tour. This wonderful place is in my own neighborhood of Mount Baker Park, on Mount Baker Ridge, not far from the Mount Baker Tunnel (I-90).  I became very well-acquainted with the site when I spent 6th grade (1970-71) in a portable classroom here.  John Muir Elementary was overcrowded with baby-boomers, 5th & 6th graders moved to this piece of public land.  The remodeled restroom & an asphalt basketball court are all that remain from that time.  

As we enter the park, we see an ornamental demonstration garden to our right & left.  There are many beautiful plants here.  We walk down a few stairs, straight ahead, toward the P-Patch & gazebo.  Seattle Tilth has demonstration gardens here.  Beyond the gazebo we see the restroom/kitchen/meeting-room complex.  Water from the roof is stored in a huge tank.  A windmill & scarecrow stand nearby.  The robotic figure has a tea kettle for a head.  Wheelbarrows are stacked behind the complex.  Beautiful mosaic insects are found on the interior walls of the restroom.  Bradner Gardens Park could easily be the nicest P-Patch in the City of Seattle.

Bradner Gardens Park is just a few blocks northwest of Colman Park.  If you are in the mood for P-Patches, you can find another lovely one there.  Colman Park is quite a treat.  You can walk all the way down the broad ravine to Lake Washington.

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