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Children explore a garden and a table with picked mushrooms and craft projects.

Magnuson Children’s Garden

Our mission is to grow a love of gardening and nature by providing free public programs and events for local families that are filled with experiential learning and exploration, and to steward the Children’s Garden for all visitors to enjoy.

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Project Description

Magnuson Children’s Garden is a vibrant, interactive garden with dozens of fun and educational places to wander and play! From the first design meetings in 2001, the garden has been an inclusive oasis, with all its whimsical and interactive features dreamed up by local children and carried out by child and adult volunteers. Like you, we’ve had to adapt to a new normal in light of COVID-19, and though we currently not able to host public events, we realize how essential it is to find healing in nature, and are working hard to keep the garden healthy and vibrant, and to provide children and families with fun and educational self-guided experiences.

Our most important priority for the coming year is to increase accessibility in the garden, while also adding more food-growing and other “wish list” requests we have gotten from children over the past few years. Our Design Team has been re-designing the entire south and east sides to add new wheelchair-height beds for growing vegetables and Blueberries, ADA-compliant pathways to connect them with our accessible picnic tables for kids and adults, as well as with our new “Snack House” garden (installed this past July, and filled with raspberry and strawberry plants) and other new garden features. Click on the pdf drawings to see the new garden features and improvements that 2019 Giving Tuesday and 2020 Give Big donations made possible, and to see the new accessibility projects that your 2020 Giving Tuesday donation will fund!

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  • The Children's Garden new "Snack House" is now open

  • We look forward to hosting more Free Family Garden Days in the future!

  • UW students helped re-grade all our paths this summer to make them safer!

  • The Children's Garden is part of the 4-acre Magnuson Community Garden

  • From 2001-2019, children have helped steward the garden, and we look forward to future "horsetail hunts" with them!

Project News

A new mural for the Children's Garden!

We recently received great news from the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods that the Children's Garden has been awarded a Neighborhoods Matching Funds Grant for a new, double-sided mural project!

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