The Secret Garden

May 17, 2016
By Tamara Thomson

Let’s face it, sometimes you just need to get away. This escape doesn’t have to involve leaving the city but just going to visit another part of it. Surprisingly one of my favorite places to escape to is nestled right in the heart of downtown Seattle and located right inside The Pike Place Market.

IMG_0216So many lovely plants to look at. And the best part, no one is around but me and a few volunteers tending to the garden.

In May of 2013 the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority and the Seattle Urban Farm Company teamed up to create the best little community garden in what was once a 2,000 sq. ft. empty patio space that was fenced off to the public. The Seattle Urban Farm Company knew this quaint little space held a lot of potential and decided to use reclaimed lumber leftover from an abandoned Pike Place Market project to create flower beds to house what is now the Pike Place Market Urban Garden.

IMG_0229You can’t beat the views of Elliott Bay.

Located right next to the famed French Maximilien Restaurant the garden houses a tool shed, a miniature library, is maintained entirely by volunteers and offers one of the best waterfront views in the city. All produce grown in the garden is donated to the Pike Place Market Senior Center and local food banks. The garden itself was even constructed to accommodate ADA accessibility so that senior center residents can easily participate in garden activities. 

IMG_0225Make sure to bring cash with you when you visit for they do take donations.

The garden is open to the public during daylight hours and the best time to visit is in the early morning hours before the swarms of tourists arrive. A little more information on the Seattle Urban Farm Company: They are pioneers empowering and educating city dwellers to reap the awards of local food production. They believe that sustainable urban agriculture can promote healthy diets, stronger communities, and improve people’s quality of life. They hope to create public awareness of agricultural issues and foster a greater appreciation of farmers everywhere. They teach numerous classes and workshops across the region just visit their website for more information on how you can help.

IMG_0230Not a bad city view either.

IMG_0238No trip to the market would be complete without stopping by the Pike Place Bar and Grill for a Signature Bacon Bloody Mary.