We are delighted to introduce Dig Deep Gardens & Art to the Vashon community and bring this beautiful property back in service of the community. We are revitalizing and evolving the gardens to be a creative place to come and, take a breath. We are planning a space dedicated to growth and artistic expression with a room for special events and workshops. As a foundational piece of this, we will be growing food with a giving garden to share and learning gardens for kids of all ages. From the art perspective, we have a dedicated shop that will have unique pieces from around the island and the world, for beauty and fun both inside and out.
We want to honor the history of the Dig Nursery which shared its special artistic offerings to Vashon for more than 20 years. In this new chapter, we want to connect more closely with the community and Dig Deep with events and spaces that encourage you to Dig Deep into your heart, spirit, and mind.
Who Are We?
Jon Jon Harvey is a lifelong artist who is developing the art marketplace. Jon Jon has traveled the country for over 20 years in art shows and festivals working in many varied media. His whimsical style and large network of fellow artists and friends look forward to joining, partnering, and growing with the thriving Vashon art community. In addition to sharing unique pieces that can bring delight to the home and garden, we hope to provide space for workshops and visiting artists to continue to grow as a
Julie Jacobson will manage the non-profit Bridges to Development https://bridgestodevelopment.org/ tucked into the welcoming gardens. She is a physician with clinical tropical medicine training and applied epidemiology who has dedicated her career to working in non-profits. She was with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for 11 years and PATH (another Seattle non-profit) for 7 years before that working in global health innovation and neglected diseases. In 2018, she co-founded a non-profit building on that experience to work on health and education as pillars of sustainable development and resilient communities globally. Bridges’ bookkeeper Amy Kitchener lives on island and Bridges’ co-founder, Alan Brooks, who runs the Bridges office in Geneva, Switzerland, has had his family home on Vashon since the 1940s, so Vashon is a natural home for the Bridges office. We would hope in the future to have Dig Deep be a place for workshops, Board meetings, and perhaps even fundraisers in the future to support girls’ education, health, and innovation programs.
Tami Stone brings her infectious energy and enthusiasm to create special events for creating and connecting community in the Dig Deep Space. Talk to her about your next event that you would like to create or learn what special treat she has in store here. Tami brings her long-term island connections together with her experience at O Space and the Oregon Country Fair to the fertile grounds of Dig Deep Gardens. Stay tuned for the fun to come!
Jan Pagel is Dig Deep Garden’s queen of plants or otherwise known as our Nursery and Garden Manager. Jan has a love of mixing colors and adapting plants and garden spaces for the seasons. She is exploring a new fascination with plants and their healing properties in our lives. Jan is a landscape designer with over 20 years of experience in the industry. Moving from her time most recently with Botanical Designs where she worked in an urban center bringing color and life into many downtown scenes, she now is focused on her Vashon home space exploring plants and bringing beauty for you to take home and enjoy. Need a special plant? Just ask! We are happy to find it for you.
Sue Bell will be establishing the giving and learning gardens. She is a masterful gardener passionate about plants and gardens. She has been a leader in several urban gardens in the Seattle area coaching new gardeners, encouraging and touring children in the garden to bring in the next generation. Most importantly, she has been responsible for giving gardens and harvesting on behalf of community feeding programs. She has had a lifelong commitment to growing and was growing food for her own catering and restaurant on the east coast years ago, putting flowers in her salad when most people just thought that was weird. Her vision includes engaging with the community to encourage native plants and plants that feed people.