Welcome to Quilcene Gardens


Spring 2020: Please read our recent blog post.

Welcome to Q Gardens. Quilcene Gardens, located at 71 Old Church Road in Quilcene, started with the Old Church, receiving restoration since purchase in  1989.

And yes, we confess to being silly by referring to the internationally famous Kew Gardens in England and the Bronx.

Located along the 294800 block of US Highway 101 in the center of Quilcene village, the land for the Gardens was acquired with the help of a grant from the estate of John Pitts by his wife Madelyn.

A grant to local produce growers for them to supply the food banks has allowed Q Gardens to alter course and change from being a community garden growing for the food banks to being a demonstration garden for different plant combinations, composting methods, water conservation, raised bed techniques, etc.

Hence the new rule about picking:
Permission via the Q Garden’s website or from the volunteer on duty must be obtained first before picking. The property is privately owned.

The compound now includes Quilbean Espresso, a friendly and refreshing stopping place for visitors along Highway 101 all year.


The square footing for the windmill is shown in the aerial photo. It is at the left end of the curving straw-bale garden. Quilbean Espresso is the red-roofed building at top left. The Old Church is the brown roof with steeple at center right.

New projects include the Low Impact Development demonstration site, featuring landscape designs with native plants and rain gardens that capture runoff in a sensible and affordable way. Come check it out!

In the working memorial garden that we call John’s Gift, art meets the garden! Look for a flower cutting garden, fruit trees and berries, and many raised beds brimming with herbs and veggies.


Donations can be made at Quilcene Espresso or US Bank.

To volunteer, call Anne Ricker: 360-765-4447.

lg-header1Yet to come:

  • living wall signage
  • aquaponic growing demonstration
  • glass-blowing studio
  • biochar facility
  • berry patch
  • orchard
  • outdoor community kitchen
  • picnic place


If all goes as planned, the site will become a community trust after the 5-year LID Demo contract expires.