2019 Thank Yous!

Our 2019 event season is complete, and wow was it amazing!  We hosted 30 events, from Free Family Garden Days to free custom stewardship events for local groups (like these great CorePower Yoga volunteers below left), and from Free Family Nature Walks (below) to design charrettes with over 40 children.  Plus we completed two big garden projects: the 10-language welcome sign and “discover your garden” self-guided exploration activity, and the new Columnar Oak and Sunflower Forest.  No wonder we (and the garden) are ready for winter’s rest-time!

We want to give a HUGE thank-you to all the kids, families, corporate and community group volunteers, and all others who attended and/or volunteered at this year’s events- you make the Children’s Garden world go ’round!

Special thanks to:

  • The King County Master Gardener Program leadership team, board of directors, and wonderful individual volunteers for their continued support every step of the way, which enables us to maintain the garden for the public to enjoy free of charge year-round, and funds annual infrastructure repairs and other projects, such as the new multi-language garden features;

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their employees for fabulous volunteer support to sustain the garden, and financial gifts which will enable us to add exciting new garden features in the coming year;

  • Microsoft and RA Davidson employees for fabulous volunteer support to sustain the garden on Day of Caring, and Microsoft employees matching hours donations which help fund annual garden and event expenses.
  • Generous donors on our two annual online fundraising events- GiveBig Seattle Day and Giving Tuesday- who gave a total of over $1000.00, and made us eligible for $1300.00 in challenge bonuses from the Seattle Parks Foundation! 100% of all these donations to the Children’s Garden will be used to fulfill the wish list that we received from children during 2017-2019 design meetings. Thanks a million for your support!

  • The Magnuson Community Garden board and Seattle Parks Foundation for fiscal sponsorship, record-keeping and fundraising support, which allowed us to create the new Sunflower Forest and add a Columnar Oak in the “Lookout” to honor Barbara Hainley;

  • Volunteers from Seattle Audubon Master Birders, Beavers NW, and Bats NW, who greatly enhanced all this year’s Free Family Nature Walks;
  • All the girls in Junior Scout troop #40139 led by Sunita Richardson, and the View Ridge Elem. Scout troop led by Katie Pitt, who used their creativity and imagination at this year’s design charrettes to dream up all kinds of wonderful ideas that we’ll use to make the Children’s Garden better!
  • All the Seattle Audubon summer campers who also used their great imagination and creativity to dream up ideas that we’ll use for the making the Children’s Garden better!