Our Sponsors and Partners

Since its beginning in 2001, Magnuson Children’s Garden has been fortunate to have support from many local individuals, businesses, and organizations.  These valued sponsors and partners have made it possible for the Children’s Garden Committee to lead volunteer events to keep the garden well-maintained, and to add new garden features and programs to benefit all visitors.  Our heartfelt thanks go out to all who have supported us along the way!

  • Since 2001, each step of the Children’s Garden design, creation, and stewardship has had the participation of trained Master Gardener (MG) volunteers.   The Children’s Garden Committee was chaired by MG Cindy Hazard for its first 10 years, then by MG Emily Bishton for several more.  Multiple MGs and other community volunteers now share the Children’s Garden Committee’s leadership structure.   The Master Gardener Foundation of King County also provides an annual budget to the Children’s Garden Committee to purchase supplies for free education classes and special events, as well as plants, tools, and other materials for maintaining the garden.  In addition, this sponsorship enables any MG in King County to fulfill their required annual volunteer hours at Magnuson Children’s Garden events and special projects.  It also means that attendees at any of our events can also get free answers to their own home garden questions from trained Master Gardeners!

Did you know that King County Master Gardener volunteers also staff two free plant answer clinics near the Children’s Garden?  The Center for Urban Horticulture plant clinic is located at 3501 NE 41st Street, and the City People’s Sand Point Store plant clinic is located at 5440 Sand Point Way NE.  For more information about these plant clinics and their open hours, visit the WSU extension/King Co. Master Gardener website.

  • Our relationship with the Seattle Parks Foundation (SPF) has made a huge impact on the Children’s Garden since 2016.  As its main fiscal sponsor, SPF manages any grants we receive from the City of Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, and manages all donations we receive through two annual events: “GiveBig WA” in May and “GivingTuesday” in late November. This has enabled the Children’s Garden Committee to fund projects such as updates to our irrigation system, the expansion of our garden shed to add enough space for more teaching supplies, pop-up canopies for rainy day events, our new double-sided mural project, and more!

  • Magnuson Community Garden is a non-profit whose 12-member volunteer board of directors manages the entire 4-acre community garden site, which includes the Children’s Garden, the P-Patch, Native Plant Border, Demonstration Orchard, Tranquil Garden, and Native Plant Nursery.  Each of these individual gardens provides a representative to the Magnuson Community Garden board as well.  Magnuson Community Garden can also receive donations on behalf of any of the individual gardens, including the Children’s Garden.

  • The Children’s Garden has been designed and planted with the participation of hundreds of local families, scout troops, campfire and 4-H groups, landscape professionals, community organizations, and others.  Volunteer power from these individuals and groups has also been the driving force in regular maintenance that keeps it growing healthy and beautiful every year!   Two of the special partners that have been an essential part of the sustainability of the Children’s Garden every year since the beginning are fabulous local non-profits  Seattle Works and United Way.  The staff of these organizations have helped us host dozens of volunteer events over the past 20 years, that have been attended by many hundreds of wonderful stewardship volunteers!

  • Our newest partners are the Seattle Audubon Society and Beavers Northwest! Master Birder volunteers and staff from both these organizations co-hosted host free nature walks for several years, providing expert bird identification, fascinating facts about Magnuson’s beavers, pond-water sampling and other family-friendly, fun activities! The nature walks were paused once the COVID-19 outbreak began in 2020, but we hope to be able to resume them in 2022.

  • Though the Children’s Garden is maintained by volunteers, the Seattle Parks grounds crew staff keeps us well-supplied with wood chip mulch for our stewardship events, mows the Rolling Lawn throughout the year, and has provided seating logs and stone benches for several of our gathering areas.  They also make sure our sidewalk stays clear and safe for all!

  • The Starbucks store in Wedgewood has been very generous over the past 10 years, providing many donations of hot coffee, hot water for tea and cocoa, cups and condiments, to warm the hearts (and bodies) of volunteers at most all of our stewardship events!

The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods awarded the Children’s Garden Committee a Neighborhood Matching Funds grant to create a double-sided mural on the large kiosk at the south end of the garden. We are very grateful to have received this grant, and excited that this project is “coming down the home stretch” to completion!
Thanks to PCC for awarding the Children’s Garden a 2014 community projects grant to fund its food garden irrigation system inside the Magnuson P-Patch!

Thanks a million! also to:

  • The Brettler Family Place girl scout troop, for helping design and create the new murals.
  • The neighborhood youth artists, Magnuson P-Patch kids, and teen volunteers, for helping design and create the new murals.
  • Girl Scout troop #40139 and their Meridian School friends, for helping design and create the new murals, and for participating in Children’s Garden stewardship in 2018-2019.
  • Seattle Audubon and YMCA summer camp youth and staff, for helping design and create the new murals.

  • The “Pocket Gophers” a Seattle YMCA Y-Guides group, especially the Van Newkirk family and the Clark family, who helped create the Children’s Garden’s p-patch food garden.
  • Girl Scout troop #40908, who participated in stewardship projects in the Children’s Garden from 2011-2018.
  • Campfire Group #912 “Tanda Kani Ka Ta” from St. Luke’s School in Shoreline, who participated in Children’s Garden stewardship from 2009-2012.