The César Chávez Demonstration Garden was established on the El Centro de la Raza Beacon Hill property on the west side of the historic building in the 1970s. The garden is maintained by volunteers through the King County Master Gardener Program, a branch of the Washington State University Demonstration Garden Program – there is one in every county in the state.
Our Master Gardeners provide a wide range of free advice and services to the community including Ask a Gardener sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays, drop-in advice, and a two-weekend annual plant sale in May. They also provide diagnostic assistance for gardeners who are having problems with their soil or plants. This includes free lab work, if necessary, to determine the advice to be given.
Food harvested from our garden is provided to our on-site Food Bank and Senior Nutrition & Wellness Program. The Master Gardeners also host various workshops and hands-on planting and educational gardening experiences for over 300 students in our on-site early learning programs and after school program.
Using the on-site solar-powered greenhouse, the Master Gardeners grow marigolds for our Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) ofrenda exhibit and event each year. Come check out the garden! Ask for Mick!