Marion Street Plaza is an odd little space on Broadway Avenue at Marion Street. It was once a triangular island also bounded by Boylston Avenue. But that was all resurfaced, including Boylston, which was closed to traffic between Marion & Broadway. And it became a plaza with very low planter beds that run in parallel strips across the pavement. The planters are edged in rusted steel, with some edges faced in blue. The beds are filled with an eclectic array of perennials & very low shrubs, which appear to be randomly placed. It's quirky & arresting in its deviation from normal landscaping of any kind. The plaza also has benches & serves as a stop for Bus Route 9 & the First Hill Streetcar. This is where you would get off, if you planned to visit Swedish Medical Center or Seattle University. The streetcar is quite fun to ride from International District/Chinatown Station to Capitol Hill Station, because of the many things you can see along the way & the charm of the streetcar itself.
This blog began in 2008 as metropolitan gardens to provide information on gardening in Seattle & places like it. Click on Gardening in Cascadia. The blog expanded to include Parks P-Patches Public Gardens in the US, Canada & Europe. Then Nature was added. (The only difference between garden & nature is intent.) Many recent posts are not about Seattle, or Cascadia. Some are Urban Landscape, mostly streetscape. Posts appear on 1st Friday & sometimes also on 3rd Friday.
The city of Seattle rests between 2 bodies of water: Puget Sound & Lake Washington. Puget Sound is a substantial part of the Salish Sea & a very small part of the Pacific Ocean. The Salish Sea is set apart from the Pacific by the Olympic Peninsula in the state of Washington & Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia. The dense, wet clouds of the Pacific Ocean travel as far as the Cascade Mountains, near the Salish Sea & not very far from the ocean. East of the Cascades lies the desert of the Columbia Basin. The moist, temperate climate of Seattle extends south to northern California & north to southeastern Alaska. The Pacific Northwest Coast from San Francisco Bay to Cook Inlet shares a flora dominated by evergreen coniferous forest. The central portion, west of the Cascade Mountains, is called Cascadia. The climate is cool & wet from fall to spring, warm & dry in summer. The Olympic Mountains block Seattle from much of the Pacific rainfall. Seattle is drier than the Atlantic coast of North America & northern Europe, cooler in summer & warmer in winter. It lies near the latitude of Paris & Quebec City.