Free Plants! Sunday, June 22, 12 pm, at the Howell Collective

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In celebration of National Pollinator Week, the Howell Collective P-Patch will be giving away free plants this Sunday, June 22, at 12 pm.
We will have an assortment of native plants, flowers, and herbs to give away, as well as some flower seed packets, on a first come, first serve basis, rain or shine. We’ll have about 400 plants to give away, plants like hyssop, basil, verbena, mint, sunflower, salvia, cornflower, calendula, borage, parsley, yarrow, etc.
If you have any plants to share, please bring them to give away.
We’ll have a portable letterpress on site where you can press your own seed packets and learn a little about the letterpress process (the process by which we make our collectible plant cards).

The Howell Collective is located on Capitol Hill at 1514 E Howell St, 98122.

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This free plant nursery project is a collaboration of Howell Collective gardeners, the Hypha Free Nursery, and Lambert House youth and has been funded in part by the Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods.

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City awards grant to Howell Collective for free plant nursery

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We have exciting news! The City of Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods has awarded a Small Sparks grant to the Howell Collective Garden / Hypha Free Nursery project. We will also be partnering with youth from the Lambert House for this project. Lambert House is a center on Capitol Hill for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning youth that empowers youth through the development of leadership, social, and life skills. Lambert House youth have been gardening at the Howell Collective since 2013 and are eager to take their skills to the next level. They will be setting up a seed germination station and caring for plant starts that we will then give away to the community. Howell Collective gardeners and other volunteers will also be growing seedlings to give away. Thank you to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for partially funding this project!!

We have three plant gifting events in the planning stages for 2014, tentatively planned to coincide with Native Plant Appreciation week in April, National Pollinator Week in June, and a Fall Harvest celebration with a seed swap and perennial shrub giveaway.


What is the Hypha Free Nursery?
The hypha free nursery is a collaborative community project to spread plants and ideas through Seattle. Plants are propagated and given away as gifts with instructions on care and how to propagate them further. The intent is to grow a community of decentralized networks of plant sharing.

This project also incorporates artmaking, storytelling, and ethnobotany to provide cultural context and connection to the plants that comprise our landscape. Some plants are accompanied by a handmade letterpress card with a story or special detail about the plant. Select plants will be mapped to show the spread through Seattle and illustrate the potential of such networks. As our plant community grows, we will organize plant and seed swaps and free educational workshops.

Plants for propagation are selected with emphasis on perennial food systems, urban pollinators and wildlife, suitability to our local landscape, ease of propagation, and transplant success.

There can be no meaningful discussion of local food security and environmental stability or regeneration without a fundamental understanding of plant reproduction. This is an educational project meant to inspire the sharing of plants and knowledge. Knowledge is a gift and, in this case, comes in the shape of a plant.

native plant garden tour, Sunday, May 6, 11 am- 3 pm

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This week is native plant appreciation week. The Howell Collective is pleased to announce we are a stop on the Washington Native Plant Society’s Native Plant Garden Tour. On Sunday, May 6, from 11 am to 3 pm, two Howell Collective Gardeners / WNPS Native Plant Stewards will be on hand to identify, discuss, and answer questions about the nearly 50 different native species planted in the garden. These species were chosen for their value as habitat for wildlife (with focus on pollinators and birds). The Howell Collective is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Visit the garden and learn how you can increase habitat for our urban wildlife!

Neighborhood Garden Tour & BBQ – April 29

Join the Howell Collective P-Patch as we sow the seeds of community.

On April 29, 2012 we invite the community to learn about and celebrate the urban agricultural movement taking place in public spaces throughout Seattle. We will meet at the Seven Hills Park for a walking/biking tour of local gardens in and around Capitol Hill then return to the Howell Collective P-Patch for a tour and BBQ.

10:00-12:00: Walking/Biking tour of local community gardens
12:00-3:00: Howell Collective P-Patch tour and BBQ

This event will also kick off our logo design contest. Submit your garden logo ideas on April 29th and check back in for details, we plan on presenting our winning logo at our summer harvest festival.

The Howell Collective P-Patch is located in Seven Hills Park on E. Howell St and 16th Ave. All are welcome to join and encouraged to bring a dish to pass at the BBQ.

The event will carry on rain or shine. For more information contact or visit for the latest event updates.

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Howell Collective P-patch from above: photo taken from neighboring building in early March. Labels show major areas of garden but planting, growing, and changing of the garden is going on throughout the year.

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