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Magnuson Children's Garden Mural, June 2022

Magnuson Children’s Garden

Our mission is to grow a love of gardening and nature by providing free programs and events for local families and other community members 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

This garden was founded in 2001 by the all-volunteer Children’s Garden Committee, which is made up of King Co. Master Gardeners along with other horticultural experts and community members. The garden’s original design was created with ideas generated from the hearts and minds of local children and their parents at a series of design sessions. Throughout the years, the committee has continued hosting design sessions with groups of children, resulting in the addition of multiple new garden features, many with a watershed ecosystem theme. Magnuson Children’s Garden is now filled with delightful places such as a life-size Grey Whale Garden, spiral paths leading up to a Lookout and a Rolling Hill, a Starfish Garden, Willow House, Salmon Survival Path, Pollinator Garden, and much more.

In recent years, the Children’s Garden Committee has been especially focused on making the garden more accessible and welcoming for visitors of all ages and abilities, and from all cultures and ethnicities. Additions towards these goals include child-size and adult-size wheelchair-accessible picnic tables, signage and self-guided exploration cards written in the 10 most-common languages of the surrounding community, and wheelchair-height raised beds in its “Snack House” berry garden and in adjacent 400 sq. ft. p-patch plot. 2021 garden additions include wheelchair-accessible crushed rock pathways that link to all garden entries and to two multi-language “All Are Welcome” murals.

  • Magnuson Children's Garden painted mural

    In 2021, over 100 local youth participated in creating two "All Are Welcome" murals that were installed back-to-back on a brand-new kiosk!

  • In 2021, 1800 sq. ft of wheelchair-accessible pathways and gathering areas were installed. Soon a brand-new raised bed garden will fill this area!

  • Now visitors of all ages and abilities can access some of the garden's most iconic features, like the Grey Whale Garden!

  • Our multi-language "Discover Your Garden" kiosk and self-guided exploration activity cards were installed in 2019.

  • We grow organic veggies for "snack walks" and food bank donations in our adjacent 400 sq. ft. P-Patch plot.

  • The wheelchair-height beds in the "Snack House", installed in 2019, is filled with berries and other tasty treats!

Project News

New murals offer belonging and power to children of Magnuson Park

The March 17th, 2021 Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods newsletter featured a wonderful article about our new, accessible, double-sided mural project!

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We are so grateful to all 2021 volunteers, donors, and sponsors!

Words alone can't really express how grateful we are to all the volunteers, donors, and sponsors who helped sustain the Children's Garden throughout 2021. You are the lifeblood of the garden!

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