Streissguth Gardens--a Hidden Gem on Capitol Hill
Seattle Attractions--Botanical Gardens
Seattle has a number of hidden gems. These are little places that are worth finding in your explorations of Seattle. I really love gardens and my brother introduced me to a one acre hidden gem hanging from a steep hillside on the northwest part of Capitol Hill.
Streissguth Gardens (“SG”) started when Dan and Ann Streissguth purchased two hillside lots adjacent to their Capitol Hill home in 1972. They started developing the lots into a garden. To protect the gardens, the Streissguths gifted the land to the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department with the proviso that the family would continue to maintain the gardens. Seattle Parks and Recreation acquired some additional, heavily wooded land adjacent to the gardens.
I first visited SG in early June and it sparkled with a number of colorful flowering plants including some lovely irises as well as native plants. It was a delight to hike the steep terrain and marvel at the effort that has gone into developing the garden on this hillside.
SG is featured one pages 72 and 73 of the new book Seattle Stairway Walks by Jake and Cathy Jaramillo.
DIRECTIONS: you can get to the gardens by finding a small cul-de-sac on East Blaine Street and 10th Avenue East. This will lead you to the Blaine Stairs. As you go down the stairs, a trailhead leading to the gardens will appear off to the left.
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: the pathways through the garden are fairly steep and rocky and require some diligence to safely traverse.
Please click here to go to the official web site for the gardens.
Please click here to go to our main web page article about Seattle gardens.
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