Erica Browne Grivas

Erica is a longtime journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines nationwide. A contributor to the Seattle Times, she writes a gardening column for the Queen Anne and Magnolia News. Living in Green Lake since 2009, she wrote for Seattle Greenlaker for several years before becoming editor in 2021.

Green Lake Becomes a Fairy World for the Luminata Festival

It’s back! The Luminata festival returns on Saturday, Sept. 25th to celebrate the autumnal equinox in style. Take an enchanted stroll around Green Lake lit by candles, string lights and all kinds of luminaries – on boats, humans, and dogs! You can help make lanterns at several events hosted by the Fremont Arts Council. See […]

For Better and Wurst

Whether you are heading back to school yourself, or are a parent doing an internal happy dance that school is in session again, this neighborhood fall festival is a great way to kick off the school year. Celebrating 40 years, the Great Wallingford Wurst Fest takes over the playyard at St. Benedict School filling it […]

Sun’s Out Fun’s Out! Tangletown Block Party July 1

Looking to kick off summer with some free local music? This Saturday, July 1, head to 2326 N. 56th Street between 1st Ave. N and Kensington Pl. from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. for a BYOB block party open to all ages. Four homegrown bands will bring the tunes, and you are welcome to bring your own […]

Love Layers’ Sandwiches? Coming to Green Lake this Summer

One of the most awaited restaurant openings this year is happening at 7900 E Green Lake Drive N. Cult favorite sandwich truck Layers started construction on its first brick-and-mortar home in May, planning a Wes Anderson-summer camp vibe“, owners told Co-owners and spouses Avery and Ashley Harding, a chef and former food photographer respectively, […]

Support Hmong Flower Farmers in Tangletown on Fridays

If you need some spring color, a pop-up flower stall has returned just outside Mighty-O Donuts on N. 55th Street at the corner of Keystone Pl. Lia’s Garden of Snohomish is offering daffodils and mixed bouquets on Fridays. They plan to be there through spring they say, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lia’s is part of […]

This Spring Sale has Everything Your Garden Needs

This Tangletown community garden will get your garden ready for spring at this year’s spring sale – find everything from vegetable and plant starts – including native plants – free seeds, and – wait for it – fairy furniture! Freeway Estates Community Orchard (FECO, is on the West side of I-5, nestled under it, […]

How You Can Foster a Baby Forest

Seattleites can help restore forests and salmon habitat by fostering a mini-forest with Grow it Forward, based in Greenwood. Jim Wright, a former environmental engineer and biologist, started Grow It Forward in 2020, funding the supplies and plants himself – with 23 volunteer home gardeners around Seattle – each growing a mini-forest of 100 saplings […]

Winter Magic Returns at the Pathway of Lights

A winter tradition for over 40 years, the Green Lake Pathway of Lights returns December 10, 2022, from 4:30-7:30 – transforming the lake path into a candelit wonderland. Falling on the second Saturday in December, Pathway of Lights illuminates Seattle’s darkest month with a night of good cheer. Stroll the inner pathway lit with thousands […]

Bikers: Try the new Outer Loop at Green Lake Friday

The new Outer Loop path enabling bikes, scooters, and rollerblades to circumnavigate Green Lake debuts Friday morning, Nov. 4th. Sections along Aurora Ave. N and Winona Ave. were the final pieces connecting a full loop of the lake. The goal of the project was to increase transportation options for folks on wheels or on foot, […]

Send off Summer with Flare – the Luminata is Back!

On September 24, Green Lake will again become a fantasy landscape alight with hundreds of lanterns to celebrate the autumnal equinox, the tipping point between summer and fall, light and dark. On the autumnal equinox, the Sun is directly above the equator, and day and night are the same lengths. It is traditionally a time […]

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