The 26th Annual Georgetown Garden Walk will take place on July 9th, 2023, 10am to 5pm. The Walk is a free self-guided tour and maps will be available in the parking lot at the Georgetown branch of the Bank of America located at 1112 South Bailey St, Seattle, WA 98108. No reservation or tickets are needed.
A brief history of the Georgetown Garden Walk wouldn’t be complete without exploring Georgetown’s colorful past. June 1851, the first homesteaders to King County settled next to a small village of the Duwamish people in a valley clearing along the loops of the river. The meadow’s fertile soil was a perfect match for these hardy farmers, orchardist, cattle, and dairy folk.
Over the years the Duwamish village became the platted town of Georgetown and then a city of 7000. On March 29, 1910, Georgetown held a special election to be annexed to Seattle. After the votes were tallied the brewery whistle was heard throughout the streets and fields; Georgetown’s became a Seattle neighborhood.
Georgetown has had good times and bad, but through it all we’ve remained a neighborhood who loves to garden. Aviation and industrial expansion left Georgetown’s residential core a fraction of its original size.
The idea of a garden tour was developed to showcase green thumbs and community spirit. On a perfect summer day in 1996 the first Garden Walk launched with 50 people in attendance.
The Garden Walk resonated with fellow gardeners. A walkable tour with 30+ gardens and nurseries, which reflected a distinctive Georgetown style and personality. Most gardens are a typical Seattle lot size and often feature creative uses of reclaimed and found objects.