Martha Washington Park6612 57th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118Martha Washington Park is a 9.6-acre hidden gem along the western shore of Lake Washington. Sprawling down gentle slopes to the Lake, this serene site rewards visitors with several sandy pockets of beach, a large grassy meadow, an old (and new) orchard, and a stand of Garry Oak trees in a thicket of shrubs. It’s the perfect little neighborhood get-away for a contemplative stroll or a romantic picnic with views out over Lake Washington.
Brandon Triangle Orchard5201 S Brandon St, Seattle, WA 98118Brandon Triangle Orchard represents a visionary approach to revitalizing neglected urban property. Sitting on an overlooked fragment of public right-of-way, one of many scattered throughout Seattle, the orchard’s diverse collection of trees and perennial plants yields a high quality harvest with a minimum of inputs.
Amy Yee Tennis Center Orchard28th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144Rushing toward the upper courts for an after-work match, tennis players at the Amy Yee Tennis Center might be surprised to glance up and find themselves surrounded by one of Seattle’s urban orchards. This hidden orchard shares an 8.5-acre site with the center’s ten indoor and six outdoor tennis courts. Completed in 1977 and operated by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the tennis center was named in honor of Seattle tennis star and south Seattle resident, Amy Yee.
Bradner Gardens1730 Bradner Pl S, Seattle, WA 98144Situated in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood, Bradner Gardens Park is home to a P-Patch as well as several demonstration gardens by Seattle Tilth, King County Master Gardeners, and WSU. Established in 1987, the park features a 33-foot tall century old vintage windmill, basketball courts, and several arbors designed by University of Washington architecture students. The gardens at Bradner are connected by a series of winding paths and a pavilion, and are 100 percent pesticide-free and volunteer maintained.