A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


PhinneyWood resident showcases small container garden at NW Flower & Garden Show

February 22nd, 2013 by Doree

Phinney-Greenwood resident Suzanne Phillips, who owns Tea Leaf Gardens, is part of the Small Space Showcase at the NW Flower & Garden Show at the Washington State Convention Center.

Phillips’ display is called Dragonfly, and is a Japanese influenced garden, meant to be “healing and refreshing.”

My idea is that nature has potential to heal us and we have the potential to heal nature as we live in balance with it. Dragonfly is a symbol of the potential for transformation & renewal as it’s not the only insect which transforms from larvae to flying insect. It also is the subject of a book, The Dragonfly Door, which is a book that discusses loss and change for children, particularly when a classmate dies. There are several dragonflies (9) scattered around my garden.


Photo courtesy of Suzanne Phillips.

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Greenwood Elementary breaking ground on new school garden

November 9th, 2011 by Doree

Greenwood Elementary School is building a new school garden, thanks to a grant from the city’s Department of Neighborhoods. The new garden will be on the southwest corner of the building.

The first community meeting and ground breaking is this Saturday morning at the school, at 144 NW 80th St. Meet in the commons on the first floor for coffee (donated by Makeda Coffee) and general info from 9:30-10:30 a.m., then the ground breaking starts at 10:30 a.m.

You can follow the garden’s progress online. For more information, contact the project coordinators, Jessyca Pole or Stephanie Magill, at d.poole@comcast.net or stephcblum@yahoo.com.

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Home & Garden tour = inspiration

June 8th, 2009 by Doree

If you were one of the approximately 330 people who toured five houses and five gardens during the Phinney Home & Garden show on Sunday, you probably got lots of inspiration for your home or garden remodel. Here are some pictures of various features that we really loved. (We didn’t get to all the houses and gardens, sorry).

Large mirrors along the back fence make the yard seem much larger:

And the parade of tiny ceramic lizards along the fence adds a whimsical touch:
Fake crows keep the real buggers out of the garden:
A ladder to a secret garage rooftop garden:
A lovely trellis softens a garge wall:
And a little playhouse in the backyard is a kid magnet:
Visitors removed their shoes before entering the homes:
I loved this fireplace and built-in bookcases:
Check out the high box-beam ceilings of this dining room. The beautiful tall window in the back left looks into the basement stairwell:
The concrete floor is stained earthy orange in this basement, which has large picture windows looking out onto the gardens:

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