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Seattle’s P-Patch program celebrates 50 years

Imagine all the vegetables.


Belltown’s P-Patch on Vine Street is a dense mix of vegetable gardens and beautiful flowering bushes.

Photo by Jungmin Choi, via Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

Just imagine all the vegetables you could grow over 50 years — now multiply that for each of Seattle’s P-Patch program‘s 91 gardens. That’s a lot of carrots.

The program was founded in 1973 and named after the Picardo family, who opened up their lawn for neighbors. The family later sold their farm to the city to become Seattle’s first P-Patch.

Just about every neighborhood has its own P-Patch, but here are some of our favorites.

  • Belltown P-Patch, Elliot Avenue and Vine Street | Bunnies bouncing between the bushes are a familiar sight.
  • UpGarden, 300 Mercer St. | This garden is a bit of a hidden secret, tucked away on top of a parking garage near the Seattle Center — take your date for a romantic kiss.
  • Beacon Food Forest, South Dakota Street and 16th Avenue South | One of the biggest community gardens in the US.