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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 19, 2009 at 3:47 PM

Cascade neighborhood guerrilla garden ready for Halloween

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I’m quick at pulling the sketchbook out of my pocket when an opportunity arises. That was the case a couple of hours ago when I was on a lunch break and stumbled upon Candi Wilvang and Kim Johnson at their “guerrilla garden” next to Cascade Park. They were putting final touches and tying a string of lights to the stop sign on the corner of Minor Avenue and Harrison Street. I had seen the garden before but never ran into anybody working on it.

Wilvang and Johnson tend the garden year-round and they can see it from their window across the street. The theme for this time of the year couldn’t be other than Halloween. In the past, they’ve had guys dressed with army uniforms for Memorial Day or a woman holding a baby for Mother’s Day. Families take photos of their kids in front of it, explained Wilvang, who is working on a calendar with images from every month of the year (see some here.)
“It used to be just a dirt space with weeds growing,” she said. Now neighbors thank them and express their appreciation, sometimes adding stuff of their own to the display, political signs included. “Somebody stucked this David Bloom sign but I don’t mind. He’s my friend on Facebook,” Wilvang said.

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