PPQA seeks donations for gardens’ upkeep

The gardens along Queen Anne Avenue have full-sun, drought-tolerant, colorful perennials such as yellow Moonshine yarrow, purple Walker’s Low Nepeta and Hidcote lavender, and red Blazing Sun Geum and Red Riding Hood Penstemon. These are long-blooming, tough plants readily available at garden centers.

The City of Seattle doesn’t maintain the gardens at the intersections on Queen Anne Avenue and alongside the Galer stairs; they are the responsibility of the Queen Anne community. The all-volunteer group, Picture Perfect Queen Anne (PPQA), coordinates the care of the gardens and is responsible for raising the funds to take care of them.

The garden design has been donated, the businesses near the corners donate the water and PPQA has a special-pricing agreement with the maintenance company, Vertumni, for their hand-watering and care.

PPQA needs your help to raise the balance of the money for the next three-year cycle of hand-watering and garden care. The group’s goal is to have 35 more businesses and/or individuals donate $12 per month for two years; one-time payments also are welcome. All donations to PPQA are tax-deductible and can be made via your bank or on PPQA’s website.

For further information:

•Go to www. ppqa.org;

•Mail a check to PPQA, 2212 Queen Anne Ave. N., No. 542, Seattle, WA 98109; or

•Email the group at  pictureperfectqa@gmail.com.