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Streissguth Gardens

Maintaining a little-known gem in the middle of bustling Seattle that offers amazing views of Lake Union, downtown Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains

Project Description

Located on the northwest side of Capitol Hill, Streissguth Gardens is an urban oasis. A small, family-maintained garden, it started out as a steep and soggy hillside. Beginning in the 1970s, Ann and Dan Streissguth—and later their son, Ben—slowly hand-cleared the slope of invasive blackberries and ivy. They planted native trillium, rhododendron, and countless other trees, shrubs, and flowers that went on to thrive. The Streissguth family gave the land to the city in 1996 and seeded a small endowment fund for its ongoing maintenance. Now the garden is a year-round attraction open to everyone and is especially enjoyed by those who walk the East Blaine Street Stairs. Plantings are selected to offer flowers every day of the year. Additional contributions will help ensure that this garden remains an urban gem.