New Project in 2021 - Art for the New Start Community Garden Fence

The Deadline for Art Submissions is Extended to May 31st, 2021.

Funding for this project is proved by the Port of Seattle's South King County Fund for Environmental Grants (SKCF.)

The goal of this project is to make the community garden an inviting, interesting community space by providing art that will be displayed on the garden fence. We will encourage the local schools and community to participate in this project that connects art with nature and gardening. This garden provides for food security in a community that has many apartment buildings. The project will engage participants that reflect the diverse culture diversity of the area.

This project demonstrates through the artwork that the community garden is a welcoming place for all ethnic groups, by providing art that represents all cultures of the surrounding area. This project demonstrates a commitment to environmental and social justice initiatives by incorporating inclusive and culturally sensitive activities and engagement.  Sign-up Here

Watch a You Tube video about how to use the supplies in the art kits.
A limited supply of art kits are available at the Burien KCLS library.

Arte para la nueva cerca del jardín comunitario

La fecha límite para la presentación de obras de arte se extiende hasta el 31 de mayo de 2021.

La financiación de este proyecto es patrocinado por el fondo para Subvencion  Ambientales del Puerto de Seattle en el sur del Condado King(SKCF)

El objetivo de este proyecto es hacer del jardín comunitario un espacio comunitario acogedor e interesante con  arte que se mostrará en la cerca del jardín. Apoyaremos  a las escuelas y comunidades locales a participar en este proyecto que conecta el arte con la naturaleza y la jardinería. Este jardín proevee  seguridad alimentaria en una comunidad que tiene muchos edificios de apartamentos.  El proyecto involucrará a participantes que reflejan la diversidad y cultural diversa de la zona.

Este proyecto demuestra a través de las obras de arte que el jardín comunitario es un lugar acogedor para todos los grupos étnicos, proporcionando arte que representa todas las culturas de los alrededores. Este proyecto demuestra un compromiso a la justicia ambiental y social con la incorporación de actividades y participación inclusiva y sensibilidad cultural.  Sign-Up Here

Mire un video de You Tube sobre cómo usar los materiales en los kits de arte. Un suministro limitado de kits de arte está disponible en la biblioteca de Burien KCLS.

Thời hạn gửi tác phẩm nghệ thuật được kéo dài đến ngày 31 tháng 5 năm 2021.

Dự án mới vào năm 2021 - Nghệ thuật cho hàng rào vườn cộng đồng khởi nghiệp mới

Tài trợ cho dự án này được chứng minh bởi Quỹ Tài trợ Môi trường Quận Nam King của Cảng Seattle (SKCF.)

Mục tiêu của dự án này là làm cho khu vườn cộng đồng trở thành một không gian cộng đồng hấp dẫn, thú vị bằng cách cung cấp các tác phẩm nghệ thuật sẽ được trưng bày trên hàng rào khu vườn. Chúng tôi sẽ khuyến khích các trường học và cộng đồng địa phương tham gia vào dự án kết nối nghệ thuật với thiên nhiên và làm vườn này. Khu vườn này đảm bảo an ninh lương thực trong một cộng đồng có nhiều tòa nhà chung cư. Dự án sẽ thu hút những người tham gia phản ánh sự đa dạng văn hóa đa dạng của khu vực.

Dự án này thể hiện thông qua tác phẩm nghệ thuật rằng khu vườn cộng đồng là nơi chào đón của tất cả các nhóm dân tộc, bằng cách cung cấp nghệ thuật đại diện cho tất cả các nền văn hóa của khu vực xung quanh. Dự án này thể hiện cam kết đối với các sáng kiến ​​về công bằng xã hội và môi trường bằng cách kết hợp các hoạt động và sự tham gia mang tính toàn diện và nhạy cảm về mặt văn hóa. Đăng ký tại đây

Xem video You Tube về cách sử dụng các nguồn cung cấp trong bộ dụng cụ nghệ thuật. Thư viện Burien KCLS cung cấp một số lượng hạn chế các bộ dụng cụ nghệ thuật.

Discover the 4 Components of a Wildlife Habitat in the "Garden for Wildlife" Series in 2020-2021

Food, water, shelter and places to raise young are necessary components to attract wildlife to your yard or apartment balcony. Incorporating native plants in the garden and using sustainable gardening practices, like not using pesticides and chemicals, are also important when establishing a haven for birds, butterflies and bees. Our native plant of the year in 2020 was the Vine Maple, acer cirncinatum, a versatile small tree known for its beautiful fall color that provides flowers and seeds for birds and other wildlife.

The Serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia, also known as Saskatoon, is our native plant of the year for 2021.  We've chosen this plant for its benefit to both humans and wildlife. It is is native in all Washington counties, all Oregon counties, northern California, and southern British Columbia. It's one of our most widespread native shrubs. It usually grows as a shrub, but can be a small single-stemmed tree.  It's perfect for in many landscape settings. including small yards. It likes sunny locations, but will do fine in partial shade. it prefers a moist, well-drained soil but tolerates a wide range of conditions.  The spring bloom is welcome addition when there are few other flowering trees. In 2020, our featured Plant of the Year was the Vine Maple, Acer circinatum.

This is a woody shrub with an erect to spreading form. It often grows to height of 12’ with an equal width. Leaves are arranged in an alternate fashion. They are simple, 1”-3” in length and have an oval to oblong shape. During the summer the leaves are green while in the fall they can turn a very pleasing red to yellow color. The flowers, which grow in clusters, are star-shaped with five petals.  These white fragrant flowers, arranged in racemes (3-20 per cluster), appear from April through July. Flowers morph to ½” bluish-purple, juicy edible berries which ripen in early summer. The berries taste similar to blueberries and can be eaten fresh or dried, and can be used to make jelly or wine.  It was a common food source among Native Americans, who used the berries as a component of mincemeat. The berries are popular with wildlife.  Serviceberry blossoms are attractive to bees and butterflies.  Because birds are attracted to the berries, these shrubs are a natural choice when trying to establish a backyard wildlife habitat.

Here’s an excellent essay The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance describing how plants and birds reciprocate in their offerings to each other, and how humans can learn from the reciprocity. It’s by indigenous botanist, author, and professor Robin Wall Kimmerer:
She says: “I want to live in a society where the currency of exchange is gratitude and the infinitely renewable resource of kindness, which multiplies every time it is shared, rather than depreciating with use.” And “Thriving is possible...only if you have nurtured strong relations with your community.”

On-line Workshops in the Garden for Wildlife Program

Learn how sustainable gardening techniques benefit both people and wildlife.

Adding native plants and perennial flowering plants to a community garden, a public park, or your home garden contributes a greater impact to the overall health of wildlife around Puget Sound. Gardens for Wildlife program addresses the need for wildlife habitat through a combination of education and stewardship activities.  The knowledge gained trough the Zoom workshops and a restoration event in a community park or community garden enables participants to successfully garden for wildlife in their own yard, garden, or apartment balcony. The events and Zoom workshops are free and open to the public.

"Garden for Wildlife" Zoom workshops topics include:

    • 1.  Identify and control invasive non-native weeds.  We hosted 10 events during the summer of 2020, including three Zoom workshops on Invasive Weeds, how to control them and restore a garden, yard, or area to a wildlife friendly habitat. We also hosted a Graduation Ceremony in the summer of 2020 for the members of this program.
      2.  Composting, mulching  was delivered in January of 2021.  This program was currently running with a Zoom instructional workshop and hands-on practice in composting techniques at the New Start Community Garden in Burien, WA.
      3.  A Wetlands workshop was delivered in February 2021 on various types, the importance of wetlands as habitat for wildlife. This class was delivered via Zoom with Instructor Lauryn Duoto, WHIT Wetland Certification. Attendees were invited to participate in a wetland restoration project the same week.
      4.  Sustainable Gardening Practices with Taryn Koerker is scheduled via Zoom for April 11th, 2021.
      5.  Edible Native Plants workshop on food for people and wildlife via Zoom is scheduled in May of 2021.

Components of this program is funded by a grant from the Port of Seattle Airport Community Ecology (ACE) fund, and produced in partnership with National Wildlife Federation, New Start Community Garden in the Highline School District, also called the "Shark Garden" after the school mascot,  City of Burien, students from all around Puget Sound and volunteers like you.

Of course, during COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, our project's social dynamic in restoration events with students and community members will be different from past events with no large group interactions.  Social distancing protocols and face coverings are followed to ensure the safety of all involved.


Check out the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife program for attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other a Backyard Wildlife to your yard or apartment balcony.   Many communities around Puget Sound are a registered Community Wildlife Habitat communities that have schoolyard wildlife habitats, native plants gardens, and other features that count toward city certification as a Wildlife Habitat Community. The New Start Community Garden at the New Start High School in Burien, is a certified Schoolyard Wildlife Habitat.  Burien, among other cities, are working toward full certification with the National Wildlife Federation. Please consider registering your yard or balcony, as this helps your city become a Wildlife Habitat Community.

Support for Invasive Weed Species Removal near Myers Way Wetlands Phases 1 and 2  is provided by the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, a grantmaking fund enabled by Puget Soundkeeper Alliance's Clean Water Act enforcement program, which protects the health of Puget Sound and its residents by enforcing federal water quality laws against serious violators. The Fund's goal is to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community­ based efforts to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound. The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment administers the Fund to enable community-based watershed stewardship in close nexus with the specifics of the enabling settlements.

Myers Way Wetland Restoration Project, 2020 - 2021

In Phase 1, in 2020, Weed Warriors removed invasive blackberries from 33,000 square feet wetland.  The pile of blackberry canes and root balls was approximately 5,000 cubic feet.
Phase 2, in 2021, consists of more root removal, followed by a planting of native wetland appropriate trees and shrubs. In February of 2021, we planted over 50 wetland trees.

Invasive Himalayan blackberry roots.