Community Garden

Welcome to the Steilacoom Historical Community Garden!

A drawing of a garden growing around a house.SHCG Settlers’ Kitchen Garden concept as painted by noted Steilacoom artist Loretta Morgan Fernandez

What, why and where is the SHCG?

 Our heirlooms-optional vegetable, fruit, herbs and native plant garden is located adjacent to Cherrydale Park, 2402 B St. near Old Military Rd., Steilacoom, WA 98388.

Parks & Trails Map Link

 Our garden logo features the "Steilacoom Flower," Lithophragma parviflorum. The Town's name derives from the indigenous tribal dialect word that translates loosely as "place of the pink flower."  

 Our Mission: To honor our Town’s historical garden traditions by growing organic fruits and vegetables, partnering with our schools and other organizations to educate others about the value and history of gardening with heirloom plants, and alleviating hunger by sharing a portion of what we grow with our neighbors.

 You can read the story of how we are growing from a seed of an idea into a real garden here: 

 The Suburban Times Article Link

 Follow our progress as we construct the garden from the ground up: 

A picture of the garden site.


How and when does our garden grow?

 Our garden features 30 raised beds of varying sizes, including some easy-to-reach, ADA height-compliant plots; a natural native plants area managed by the Steilacoom Tribe and volunteers; an heirlooms-only Settlers’ Kitchen Garden, modeled on the historically accurate demonstration gardens at Fort Vancouver and the Fort Nisqually Museum site; an espaliered fruit tree grove, featuring heirloom fruit trees; and a gathering patio space for gardeners to rest and mingle.

 Click on the link below to see a schematic of our garden’s layout created by Kathy Stegman:

 Garden Schematic Link

 Gardeners may rent a bed each growing season (March-November) for a nominal fee, to offset the Town’s cost for providing water via an automatic dripline irrigation system. 

 The Steilacoom Historical Community Garden supports the We Love Steilacoom Food Pantry by encouraging our gardeners to donate a part of their harvest to help our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

 Find out more about SHCG Garden Guidelines and how to reserve a bed that fits your needs:

Guidelines/Application Form Link


Who can become a ‘friend of the garden?’

 You don’t have to be a gardener to be a part of our garden. As “friends of the garden,” nongardening volunteers are welcome to join teams supporting various garden operations: Education, Settlers’ Kitchen Garden, Grounds Maintenance, Sponsorship, and Food Pantry Donation. 

 For more information, please contact SHCG coordinator, Carol Saynisch at 

Thanks to SHCG sponsors and partners

 Our garden exists thanks to the generosity and support of these sponsors and partners.

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