Happy SUMMER from Stone Soup Gardens!
The Fremont Solstice Parade was a huge hit and Stone Soup Gardens in partnership with Zero Waste Seattle had a blast! Our group’s title was Under the Sea Trash Jubilee and our focus this year was collective waste found in the pacific gyre. Our waste-themed entourage danced and growled our way through the crowds with J.B. leading the plastic bottle moray eel, Ben carrying the head of our cardboard walrus, Brian bouncing around in our plastic bottle puffer fish, and Dusty and Jake working up a sweat as Bag Monsters! Check out pictures below! (not pictured, our flying manta ray complete with flapping wings!)
We were also joined by students from the week long Om Culture Solstice Parade Art for Social Change summer camp led by Jake. Camp was a ton of fun! Kiddos studied the effects of waste on our oceans and developed costumes made entirely out of trash including several mermaids, a clam, some umbrella jellyfish, and a mini bag monster!
Our under-the-Sea Trash Jubilee also featured a life size, 32 foot grey whale made from plastic bags and bottles! This whale, funded by Thurston County Waste Management was designed by Carrie Ziegler with the help of 900 volunteers and swam all the way from Olympia to march with us!
We hope you can join us next year!
Let's Have a Planting Party!!
As a service to our wonderful clients, we sometimes do crazy things like throw a lawn party where we actually dig up the lawn and plant native plants! Recently, we had that opportunity with our client Mary Beth in Ballard.
To start the day, Bob Redmond of the Urban Bee Company gave a riveting talk on the important of pollinator habitats, complete with a honey tasting from some of his local bees.
Once the tasting was complete, we headed outside and started pulling up sod! We removed the rest of the sod bordering the rain garden towards the sidewalk in order to plant more native species to further accent the rain garden.
Between the sidewalk and the street we installed a small raised bed full of native and ornamental pollinators, as well as flowers for all seasons which will be a colorful addition to the area, rather than just grass.
Previously we had installed raised beds in the front yard that are full of a wonderful assortment of vegetables. By extending out to the sidewalk we were able to create more planting space which will mature into a lovely scent filled yard for the birthday girl, as well as a great habitat for bees for many years to come.
It was a wonderful party, and we were able to complete it in no time with the additional help of family and friends! Interested in a garden party of your own? Contact Stone Soup Gardens today!
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