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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.

West Green Lake Way to Sort of Reopen

Seattle Department of Transportation says as soon as this week the Northbound lane of W Green Lake Way – a “Keep Moving Street” since last April – will reopen, but NOT the Southbound lane. This will open access to the tennis courts (and their parking) across from the Pitch and Putt, and the dog park, […]

Free COVID-19 Testing Opens in Woodland Park

By Erica Browne Grivas Free COVID-19 testing is now available at the baseball playfields in Lower Woodland Park at 5201 Greenlake Way N. The initiative is part of three new testing kiosk sites announced by Mayor Jenny Durkan in late December, including at Seattle Center and in South Seattle, to help stem the novel Coronavirus pandemic. […]

No Seeds? Seed Lending Library Is Here To Help

The current quarantine has whipped up such a frenzy for gardening, especially food gardening, that seed companies nationwide have been swamped with orders and many have closed or temporarily stopped taking orders. Nurseries are experiencing shortages of supply as well. If you are looking to grow some fresh vegetables, feed your local pollinators, or have a […]

Greenlaker Earth Day 2020

This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, and with the current climate conditions we need its spotlight more than ever. There are lots of ways to make the most of Earth Day – at home and around Green Lake. All of these are easily done while maintaining a safe distance from other […]

It’s Grow Time!

Or is it? For some plants that like a nip in the air, definitely! For frost-tender plants like basil, that’s a hard no.  For most annual veggies and flowers, it helps to know when our last frost date will be – the exit of freezing temperatures until fall. Tags or seed catalogs regularly reference this […]

Aurora PCC Temporarily Closes After Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Green Lake has a publicly confirmed case of the novel Coronavirus.  PCC Markets closed its doors for 24 hours for a “deep clean” after a staff member who worked at the 7504 Aurora Ave. store was confirmed with COVID-19. According to a March 11th release on PCC’s web site, the unnamed staffer last worked on […]

Grab Some Color Therapy At The Northwest Flower And Garden Festival

If you are starting to believe that the gray and brown are the only two colors in the natural world, take heart. Whether you are a confirmed plant nerd or just looking for some color therapy and garden inspiration, the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival is here to tell you the sun will return. Running […]

Get Your Dose Of Spring At The Northwest Flower And Garden Festival

When you and winter have stopped talking, the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival swoops in just in time to transport you to a world of ever-blooming color and endless possibility.   The five-day festival, running today through Sunday, is a gardener’s dream day. Equal parts spectacle, shopping, education and entertainment, a day’s ticket includes round-the-clock lectures by horticultural superstars, hunting in the marketplace for everything your garden […]

PCC Meal Kits Put to the Test

Suddenly meal kits are everywhere – bringing fun, hassle-free cooking to you online, via subscriptions, and at your supermarket.  PCC Community Markets debuted its “Scratch-Made Meals at Home” kits in April, and provided Greenlaker some to sample. The “globally inspired” kits, retail at $19.99, serve two people, and are “almost entirely organic produce and non-GMO, locally […]

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