Address: 3956 S Morgan St, Seattle, WA 98118
Stewardship contacts: Jennie Goode; Eric Zahl; Julie Bryan.
Types of fruit grown within this orchard: grape vine, fig, apple.
Background and history:
“Neighbors in a South Seattle community came together in 2003 to talk about what could be done with the abandoned lot at 42nd Ave South between Morgan Street and Angel Place. After a year of hard and rewarding work by neighbors hoping to create a place of community and beauty, the garden was planted in 2004. In addition to abundant garden plots, the plans for the site included two food bank beds, a rock garden, two wheelchair-accessible plots, a tool shed, compost bins, a gathering area and picnic area, a sitting park with benches, and a children’s play area. This variety in the site is matched by the diversity in the neighborhood: gardeners hail from all over the United States, the Philippines, Vietnam, Guatemala, Liberia, China, Mexico, Laos, and Samoa” (Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, 2022).
The garden is home to a grape vine, 4 large fig trees, and several espaliered apples well-established along the fence line of the property. Another plot directly to the east of the orchard is a designated native plants area with thimbleberry, dull Oregon grape, ferns, pines, copper birch, other trees, and shrubby plants.