Step back in time and imagine gardens from different eras and serving a wide variety of needs. Also, as we explore gardens, don’t just use your eyes. Engage all your senses.


If there were sprouts and blooms in the greater Seattle/Tacoma area, we found them! Summer Academy campers traveled near and far to unearth the most amazing natural treasures. We visited the very first, original community garden in the United States, right here in the Wedgewood District of Seattle. Picardo Farm was established over 100 years ago and continues to produce a vast volume of veggies and fruit for the community it serves.

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Inspired by all the beautiful vegetables we saw, we spent a day in the kitchen whipping up some noodle-less zucchini lasagna and a vat of vichyssoise, also known as potato and leek soup




Powells Wood offered us an opportunity to meander garden after garden with beautiful hedges, trees, shrubs and perennials. The lilies were over four feet tall!

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The landscape and gardens at Lakewold on the shores of Gravelly Lake in Lakewood introduced us to a more dramatic backdrop with architectural features designed by world-renowned names such as Frederick Law Olmsted and Thomas Church.


The Ethel Dupar Fragrant Garden was a real highlight of our week, with a personal tour guided by the Master Gardener at Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Helen. We smelled and tasted and touched and listened, all while enjoying the sights.




Finally, at the Knuckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline, campers followed trails that took us through gnome villages, secret niches, and wooded gardens with amazing sculptures, including the huge Wood Wave that invited all to get up close and personal.

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