Thank you to all 2021 volunteers, sponsors, and donors!

Some of the great students UW Environmental Education students who came to stewardship events this year!

The generous gift of time and energy from over 200 community volunteers made it possible for the Children’s Garden to be maintained as a beautiful, welcoming, and educational nature oasis for the benefit of all the families, youth groups, and adults that visited this year for self-guided exploration. In addition, these volunteers removed over 1800 sq. ft. of old wood chip mulch in order to prepare for the installation of new, wheelchair-accessible crushed rock surfaces in the garden!

Community volunteers are the lifeblood of the Children’s Garden, and their support has been like a beacon of light throughout the year! The Children’s Garden Committee would like to give special mention to the following individuals and groups:

  • King Co. Master Gardeners, with special thanks to Barbara, Bettina, Kerry, Sarah, Lark, and Pamela;
  • Staff from the Ballard branch of Wells Fargo, with special thanks to Craig;
  • Staff from the Levi’s Auburn Outlet Store, with special thanks to Kris;
  • Christina Pfeiffer and staff from Plant Amnesty and Kaleidoscope Inc;
  • UW students from the summer quarter Environmental Studies class;
  • Volunteers from United Way, Seattle Works, and the Seattle Tree Fruit Society, with special thanks to Catherine, Mary, and Mike.
  • High School service-learning students Connor, Hannah, and Seth;
  • Seattle University students from the women’s and men’s tennis teams, with special thanks to Alisa;
  • Magnuson p-patchers, with special thanks to Dennis, Kathy, Oni, Barbara, Emily, and Stephanie;
  • Staff and campers from the Seattle Audubon summer programs
  • Michele Wanner & Zoe;
  • The Schwartz, Wu, Buckley, Jenkins, Daniels, Clyde, More-Hoffman, Chen, Kampp, and Wan families!
Both murals welcome park visitors with “All Are Welcome” written in Southern Lushootseed at the top, and in English at the bottom

The fabulous gift of ideas, creativity, and artwork from over 100 local youth, with the leadership of artist/teacher Sandy Bricel Miller, made it possible for two new beautiful and welcoming murals to be designed and installed on the double-sided kiosk on the south end of the garden!

“Shout-outs” to:

  • The entire Mural Team, with special thanks to Carol, Martha, Becky, and Mark;
  • The 100 wonderful and talented youth from the Magnuson YMCA after-school and summer camp programs, the Seattle Audubon summer camp program, the Brettler Family Place girl scout troop, Girl Scout troop #40139 and their Meridian School friends, plus 3 groups of youth artists from the Magnuson P-Patch and neighborhoods surrounding Magnuson Park!
We make it easy for families to have fun volunteering together!

The tremendous gift of hundreds of hours of volunteer time and collaborative leadership from the members of the Children’s Garden Committee made it possible to host 17 community stewardship events, design and manage the addition of new accessible features in the garden, and accomplish many “behind the scenes” committee projects.

2021 committee members: Lois Hanson, Shannon Poll, Carol Laurier, Rita Anderson, Debi Quirk, Tina Kaempfer, Emily Bishton Bridget Sache, Wanquin Su, and Sarah Winkowski.

1800 square feet of new crushed rock pathways and gathering areas has greatly increased the garden’s accessibility this year!

The generous gifts of funds, sponsorship, and in-kind donations, together with a grant from the City of Seattle, made it possible for the Children’s Garden Committee to purchase much-needed supplies to sustain the garden, and to add several brand new, accessible features!

Highlights are:

$100,000.00 from The Climate Equity Fund – a partnership between Amazon, Climate Pledge Arena, and One Roof Foundation- which has awarded generous donations to various nonprofits throughout the Seattle area that support environmental justice, and advance equity and positive social change. This amazing gift through through Children’s Garden’s fiscal sponsor Seattle Parks Foundation has funded the majority of the crushed rock pathways project, and will enable the creation of a future new “Baby Grey Whale” climbing sculpture and the replacement of the garden’s aging irrigation system!

$20,000.00 via a City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Funds Grant, together with over 1600 hours of volunteer match, funded the design and creation of the two new “All Are Welcome” murals, and part of the crushed rock pathways project!

$2600.00 in-kind donation from Core Design, Inc. for a pro bono topographical survey of the entire Children’s Garden, which will be invaluable for all future garden design decisions!

$2500.00 donation from the D.A. Davidson Co. has been given to the Children’s Garden general fund via garden sponsor Magnuson Community Garden, for maintenance, community events, and more!

$2250.00 in-kind donation of time and studio rental from artist and teacher Sandy Bricel Miller and Red Ochre Art Studio, yet another way that she went above and beyond her contracted work on the “All Are Welcome” mural project!

$2213.00 in funding from garden sponsor Master Gardener Foundation of King County, for garden maintenance needs, tools, irrigation and event supplies, plants, and much more! In addition, the WSU/King County Master Gardener Program enables all new and veteran Master Gardeners to fulfill their required volunteer hours in the Children’s Garden, which is a priceless gift!

$920.00 in-kind donation from Calportland Seattle, for the crushed rock needed to complete the new 1800 sq. ft. wheelchair-accessible pathways and gathering areas!

$812.00 in-kind donation from Children’s Garden Committee member Carol Laurier, for the materials to build a new retaining wall and pollinator border around the Children’s Garden p-patch plot!

$525.00 from community members to the garden through the GiveBig Washington, GivingTuesday, WA Gives, and recurring donations through the Seattle Parks Foundation, which will be used for additional accessibility projects such as more sensory and edible plants along the new the crushed rock paths, and more wheelchair-height raised beds near the new murals!

$197.00 from the Microsoft employee matching funds program, through the Magnuson Community Garden and Benevity.com!

In-kind donation of discounted arborist work on the columnar oak trees from Major Tree Service!

In-kind donation of a nice set of new, kid-size hand trowels from Seattle Audubon educational programs!

In addition, we’d like to give special thanks to:

The Seattle Parks Department metal, carpentry, and concrete shops staff members, for rebuilding the mural kiosk to be stronger than ever, installing a nice big concrete walkway all around it, and installing the mural panels!

The Seattle Conservation Corps staff for doing such a wonderful job installing the new crushed rock pathways and gathering areas!