Help Beautify Traffic Circles In Victory Heights

Volunteer to beautify and care for a traffic circle in Victory Heights (including the ones on NE 113th Street) this summer and we’ll support your efforts!  

Make a plan, tell us what plants you need (annual or perennial), what else would help (topsoil, fertilizer, mulch, etc.), and we’ll fund it.  All you provide is the vision and the labor.  Go it alone or coordinate with neighbors.  Remember to keep it watered!  At the end of the summer the community will vote on the traffic circle they appreciate most.  

Contact Ann @ for more information or to claim your traffic circle!  Happy Beautifying!

Seed Swap Coming March 5th

On Sunday, March 5th at the Victory Heights co-op preschool in Victory Heights Park (1747 NE 106th St), come participate in a Seed Swap from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.

Bring anything you think a fellow gardener (or gardener wanna-be) might appreciate:
– seeds you saved from last year’s bounty
– extra seeds for this year (if you’ve already placed your order)
– seed catalogs
– gadgets you couldn’t live without and want to show off
– inspiration from the Home & Garden Show (Feb 22-26)
– ideas
– encouragement!

EVERYONE welcome!!

Photo courtesy of Seed Savers Exchange
Questions? – or contact Ann @ (360) 550-2234

April Events Calendar

A quick look at what’s coming up in and around Victory Heights in April:

Tuesday, April 16th: Victory Heights Community Council Meeting. Everyone in the community is invited to the monthly meeting to discuss issues, events, and build a better neighborhood.  7 PM at the Pre-school in Victory Heights Park.

Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27th: Olympic View Elementary Plant Sale. Get growing with vegetable and fruit starts, herbs, flowering annuals, premium perennials, pottery, garden art, and more! 9 AM to 7 PM, 504 NE 95th Street.

Sunday, April 28th: Sundays Are Special Celebration at the Northgate Public Library. It will feature refreshments and a craft event for families, along with the Check-Out Challenge game and information about new Library services. 2 PM to 3:30 PM, 10548 5th Avenue NE.

Goats Want Your Yard Trimmings

L to R: Thelma and Louise

Terri Bell on Victory Lane has hungry goats and they would love your garden trimmings. If you have pesticide free plants destined for the city compost, consider saving them for her goats, Thelma and Louise. Tasty morsels include: pea vines, prunings from fruit trees (not cherry) – including leaves and twigs, carrot and beet tops (roots too, if you haven’t eaten them), chard, kale and other greens you aren’t eating, pumpkin vines (not as tasty as the pumpkin itself), sunflowers, etc.

Goats cannot eat plants of the nightshade family: tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers, and tomatillos. Nor should they eat leaves from cherry trees, rhododendron, azaleas, or hops.

If you attack a blackberry patch or scotch broom, goats would take care of the cuttings. Leftover pumpkins after Halloween are a gourmet treat. Excess fruit and prunings from the fruit tree and many other trees as well as the dried, fallen leaves.

If you have a pile, Terri will pick-up. Or, if you want to meet the goats, you can bring the goodies by. Terri (and the goats) are located at 10538 Victory Lane NE (where the Block Party was held) or you can e-mail her at Come see the daily milking at 5 PM each day.


Place of Towering Firs Blog Archives Added

Prior to the Victory Heights Blog’s existence, you might have visited Lynnette Spear’s Place of Towering Firs blog. Lynnette is involved with the Thornton Creek Alliance and has helped organize the Victory Heights Garden Walkabouts for the past three years. She updated her blog frequently up until January of this year but recently has not had the time to work on it. After a joint meeting yesterday with Harriet Sanderson, one of the main promoters of Place of Towering Firs, it was decided to add their content to the Victory Heights Blog so residents can find all the information and articles in one central place. Thanks, Lynnette and Harriet, for being so generous and helping our blog grow and be a part of the Victory Heights community.

Visit our archives to view past articles, just click on the date on the right side of the site.

Upcoming Events

Please join us for these upcoming events in the
Victory Heights neighborhood — all are welcome

1. Certified Wildlife Habitat and Bee Health Talk
Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 pm
Please RSVP for the address:

A National Wildlife Federation representative will tell us how we can create a garden that attracts wildlife and helps restore habitat in our neighborhood by providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young, and by using sustainable gardening practices.

Lauren Montgomery, a local beekeeper and member of the Puget Sound Beekeeping Association, will talk about why it is important to promote bee health, and what we can do to help.


2. Planning a Victory (Heights) Garden?

Saturday, March 12, 10 am
Please RSVP for the address:
Come Share your ideas and get resources from other gardeners.


3. Nominate Neighborhood Gardens for the Upcoming
3rd Annual Garden Walkabout
Ongoing: now through April (you can nominate yourself!)
Garden Walkabout to be held Saturday, June 4, 10am-4pm