Help finish plantings near NOAA

Chris Leman is looking for volunteers to help finish, clean up and water the new, native plant garden on the Lake Union shoreline between NOAA and the Lake Union Drydock (1500 and 1600 blocks of Fairview Avenue E.), from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring gloves and sturdy shoes (there are a few gloves to borrow if you forget).

It’s part of the annual Lake Union clean up, which means there’s a free cookout and party at South Lake Union after.

Chris says the group working on the garden urgently needs donations of hoses, nozzles, soaker hoses and sprinklers, which you can leave by the tool hutch at 1609 Fairview (near the trash can), or phone and we’ll pick up from your home. Call (206) 322-5463 or e-mail

Next up: Watering the new plantings in the coming months. “Once the plants get established,” Chris writes, “they won’t need watering, but they do need it for the first two summers.”

Contact Chris to arrange to water for a couple of hours on a future weekday or weekend. Thanks to Lake Union Drydock and Peterson Yacht Services for giving us water, Chris writes.