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Community Learning Gardens at the Good Shepherd Center

Find out about our original gardens in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.

Learning Garden at the Good Shepherd Center

The first Tilth Alliance garden was built in 1978 behind the Good Shepherd Center by a group of visionaries who thought Seattle needed an urban agricultural center. Volunteers ripped up old concrete play courts and created a garden that has educated and inspired visitors for over thirty years. 

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Come to the garden to learn organic gardening and sustainable landscape techniques. Techniques demonstrated in the garden include year-round organic vegetable gardening, fruit producing trees and shrubs, drought tolerant and disease-resistant ornamental plantings, permaculture design, rain water harvesting, a green roof on our greenhouse, yard waste and food waste composting, soil building techniques, Pacific NW native plants, food bearing perennials, and a NW rain garden.

Visit the garden for a self-guided tour by following the educational signs. Or take a class for hands-on experience in the garden. We also offer volunteer opportunities where you can work alongside our staff and interns.

This garden is in the Wallingford neighborhood.  Get directions.

For questions about this garden or volunteering, email


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