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Belltown Garden Tour: Saturday

The Belltown Community Council is presenting a free Belltown garden tour Saturday, August 29th from 12:30 – 4:15PM. Stops along the tour include the butterfly garden at Pacific Science Center, Olympic Sculpture Park, as well as Belltown’s very own P-Patch.

Come and join your fellow Belltown neighbors in celebrating the beauty of Belltown’s special gardens and locations. This is the prefect opportunity to see some of those unique gardens and plants that make up the “Green” and “Splendor” of Belltown you may not know about or have never visited. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of tea and get to know your neighbors. We can only take twenty, so please register through our web site or send an email. Just type, “Register Me” in the subject heading and give us your contact information. Email

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12:30pm: Bay Vista Tower Building

Depart the Bay Vista Tower Building, 2821 2 Ave., 6th Floor, J.P. Beaumont Room, (2 Ave. & Broad St.) From here we will walk together to The Pacific Science Center three blocks away.

12:45pm – 1:10pm: The Pacific Science Center

A private tour of the exotic gardens at the butterfly house with horticulturist Jeff Leonard. Explore hundreds of beautiful, free-flying tropical butterflies in a lush tropical garden setting. Butterflies flutter around you, feeding, sunning, and resting among the garden’s tropical plants, trees and ponds. Experience the awe-inspiring transformation from pupae to butterflies in our unique Emerging Window. From here we will walk to the Olympic Sculpture Park four blocks away.

1:15pm – 1:45pm: Olympic Sculpture Park

 This is a private tour of the Quaking Aspen Grove (QAG) by Midge of the Olympic Sculpture Park. The Henry & William Ketcham Families Grove or QAG is a forest of native Aspen that define the park’s transition from city to shore.  With its understory of native plants, it dramatically reflects the changing seasons.  Under the constantly trembling leaves of the Quaking Aspen grove and in amongst the ferns, lie Oregon Iris, Oregon Grape, Western Azalea, Red Flowering Currant and Dwarf Rose to name a few of the native plants in this area. From here we will walk to the Olympus Building two blocks away.

 1:50pm – 2:20pm: Olympus Building Courtyard

The Olympus Apartments courtyard at 2801 Western Ave. offers a well-designed urban garden environment with beautiful perennials, annuals and unique sculptures. Complimentary cold refreshments will be available. From here we will walk to the P-Patch Gardens four blocks away.

 2:30pm – 3:00pm: The P-Patch Gardens

The P-Patch is a working park in downtown Seattle filled with the love of gardening for beauty and sustainability. There are 42 patches for use by neighborhood residents and workers. The Cottage garden and surrounding sidewalks are maintained by neighborhood volunteers, coordinated by the Friends of Belltown P-Patch. Enjoying the complimentary tea of The Perennial Tea Room is optional and those who feel the walk may be too far should feel free to end their tour at this time. After our private tour we walk to the Perennial Tea Room seven blocks away. 3:15pm – 3:45pm: The Perennial Tea Room (Complimentary)

Enjoy a complimentary lovely and delicate tea over ice at The Perennial Tea Room on the northern side of Pike Place Market. Located at 1910 Post Alley. From tea cozies to collectible tea pots, from imported English tea bags to estate teas in bulk and tea supplies, the Perennial Tea Room offers teas from around the world and a wide variety of tea supplies.

What a civilized way to end ourFirst Annual Belltown Garden Tour!