New 2017 Events for Magnuson Children’s Garden!

Spring is right around the corner! There are a number of fun events scheduled for 2017 for Magnuson Children’s Garden.

  • Saturday, March 18th from 10am-2pm: Stewardship event with volunteers from Seattle Works TeamWorks and a local cub scout troop;
  • Saturday, April 8th from 10am-2pm: Stewardship event with volunteers from Seattle Works TeamWorks, plus an “Earth Month” Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities;
  • Saturday, May 20th from 10am-2pm: Stewardship event with volunteers from Seattle Works TeamWorks, plus an “Happy Spring” Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities;
  • Saturday, June 17th from 12pm-3:30pm: Seattle Works Day stewardship event plus a “Welcome Summer” Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities;
  • Friday, June 30th from 6-8pm: Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities during Magnuson Community Center’s annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social event;
  • Friday, July 28th from 6-8pm: Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities during Magnuson Community Center’s summer concert night in the amphitheater with local “kindie rock” band Recess Monkey;
  • Friday, August 4th from 6-8pm: Family Garden Day with free, family-friendly gardening and nature activities during Magnuson Community Center’s summer concert night in the amphitheater with a local “Big Band” concert; and
  • Friday Sept. 15th from 9am-1pm: annual United Way Day of Caring stewardship event

For general information about the Children’s Garden at Magnuson, visit the Children’s Garden page.

Delegation from Urban Agriculture of Sucheon, Korea Toured MCG

On May 3, 2016, a delegation of 21 staff members from the Urban Agriculture section of Sucheon, South Korea toured the Magnuson Community Garden with Emily Bishton (Children’s Garden Chair), Jerry Packard (Orchard Chair), and Christina Pfeiffer (MCG President).

On May 3, 2016, a delegation of 21 staff members from the Urban Agriculture section of Sucheon, South Korea toured the Magnuson Community Garden with Emily Bishton (Children's Garden Chair), Jerry Packard (Orchard Chair), and Christina Pfeiffer (MCG President).

 

Emily Bishton (far left, below) describing the Children’s Garden programs to the group and their interpreter. MCG Korea visit

During this wonderful cultural exchange, we shared information about how this multi-purpose community garden came to be built, how it is maintained, and what kinds of events and activities we have here.  They were impressed by how much is done by volunteers in cooperation with city staff, as those efforts are only done by paid staff in their city.  During their visit, they also got a glimpse of a parent and child Nature Adventure pre-school program with Emily in action, as well as meeting some P-Patch gardeners working their plots.

 

2016 Children’s Garden Events at Magnuson

The following Children’s Garden events have been planned for 2016! For details, visit the Magnuson Nature Programs website.

 

2016 Children’s Garden Event Calendar

Sat. March 19th from 10 am-2 pm:  Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event. This first major event of the year will be about preparing the soil and beginning to plant our new Butterfly Garden, and the Blueberry patch on the lower east side of the hill.

Sat. April 16th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event and 2nd annual Earth Day Family Garden Day.  There will be family-friendly hands-on garden activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc, and the goal is for the new Butterfly garden and Blueberry projects to be completed!

Possible June event: There is a possibility that we will also host a Seattle Works Day event in early June, but the date, time, and application info have not yet been released by Seattle Works.

Friday July 1st from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center Ice Cream Social amphitheater event with a Bluegrass band. This has also been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar.

Tuesday July 26th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center amphitheater event with a Beatles tribute band. This has been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar also.

Tuesday August 16th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center amphitheater event with Caspar Babypants performing. This has been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar also.

Friday September 23rd from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: United Way Day of Caring in the Magnuson Children’s Garden and P-Patch to get the garden in tip top shape for the Oct 1st Scarecrow Fest!

Saturday Oct 1st: Scarecrow Fest! 11 am-2 pm:  We plan to host our usual family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, and nature art, plus Scarecrow Fest favorites such as the orchard maze/scavenger hunt, harvesting for the food back, etc.