Don’t let the gray skies fool you. Spring is here – and so is the annual Seattle Children’s Garden Sale. Presented by the Laura Brigman Guild, the sale is this weekend, April 20-April 22, at our administrative offices, 6901 Sand Point Way N.E.  Hours are noon until 6 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2 p. m. on Sunday.

Your purchase of perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs will support the Seattle Children’s Grounds Department and their wonderful work at creating special healing environments for our patients and families.  And if you’re wondering how to care for what you tote home, our expert groundskeepers will once again be standing by to answer any and all gardening questions.

If you come to the sale Saturday, bring your appetite. The fourth annual Stammcake Breakfast takes place from 9 a.m. until noon at the same location. Presented by the Dr. Stanley Stamm Camp Guild, the event benefits the annual summer camp for medically fragile children. Make a donation and fill your plate with pancakes, eggs and fruit. And grab a beverage, too.

This is our 88th annual garden sale, but it’s not just  another sale. Some of what’s being sold was salvaged from the grounds of Laurelon Terrace condos. More than 4,000 trees, shrubs and plants were carefully dug up and set aside last year – with most gradually being transplanted elsewhere on our campus but some available for purchase this weekend.