Nora's Woods Hushed Tribute

Seattle, Washington

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Perhaps it’s the concentration of so many healthy plants oxygenating the pathways, or the fact that founder Nora Wood’s ashes are buried here. Or maybe it’s an ethereal consequence of thousands of hours of work from many caring volunteers. Whatever the reason, this city corner makes a fine place to clear one’s head. One neighbor says, “There’s a feeling of sanctuary here. Even though it’s tiny, you feel as if you’re moving into a very sacred place, which is magical in the midst of a dense urban neighborhood.” Nora’s Woods has come a long way since 1996, when this once neglected trash dump and drug-use area was adopted by neighbors and transformed into a forested garden tribute to our city’s green heritage. Hundreds of plants native to the Northwest now grace this varied slope that encompasses a surprising variety of habitats: remnant orchard, fern gully, lowland forest, and meadow.
Nature in the City: Seattle

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Nature in the City: Seattle

by Maria Dolan & Kathryn True (The Mountaineers Books)

Perhaps it’s the concentration of so many healthy plants oxygenating the pathways, or the fact that founder Nora Wood’s ashes are buried here. Or maybe it’s an ethereal consequence of thousands of hours of work from many caring volunteers. Whatever the reason, this city corner makes a fine place to clear one’s head. One neighbor says, “There’s a feeling of sanctuary here. Even though it’s tiny, you feel as if you’re moving into a very sacred place, which is magical in the midst of a dense urban neighborhood.”

Nora’s Woods has come a long way since 1996, when this once neglected trash dump and drug-use area was adopted by neighbors and transformed into a forested garden tribute to our city’s green heritage. Hundreds of plants native to the Northwest now grace this varied slope that encompasses a surprising variety of habitats: remnant orchard, fern gully, lowland forest, and meadow.

©  Maria Dolan & Kathryn True/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Nature Trips
Nearby City: Seattle
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Nora's Woods: Hushed Tribute

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