Dig Deep creates community through plants and art

Nestled about a mile south of downtown Vashon is Dig Deep, a new garden and event space that strives to build community and give back, while putting plants and art at the heart of the mission. of the company.

Julie Jacobson, the owner of Dig Deep, acquired the property amid the COVID-19 pandemic and opened her business most weekends in May 2021.

For Jacobson, Dig Deep is centered around plants and art and provides the island community with a space for a variety of events, be it workshops, birthday parties, weddings or concerts. .

” We prepare ourselves. We’ve tested the waters and we have big plans,” said Tami Stone, Dig Deep’s Events Manager. “We want to start being more open and doing events…what we want to do is bring the community together.”

Jacobson also has a strong desire to give back through Dig Deep, both locally and globally. In addition to working at Dig Deep, Jacobson is also a managing partner at Bridges to Development, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the economic and social well-being of women and girls.

While a portion of Dig Deep’s proceeds will go to Bridges to Development, proceeds will also be distributed to local nonprofits. Dig Deep also maintains an on-site ‘donation garden’, where they hope to demonstrate how to grow food and work with school groups in the future.

Dig Deep is on the site of Dig Nursery, an award-winning destination nursery, owned by Sylvia Matlock and Ross Johnson, which had been in business for over 24 years. Dig Nursery has raised a variety of plants including local trees, orchids, succulents and cacti.

Going forward, Jacobson wanted to honor the property’s past owners and their legacy, even naming the company “Dig Deep.”

“We wanted to take it to the next level, so ‘Dig Deep’,” Jacobson said. “Which really leads us to dig deep into your heart, into your mind, into your spirit and dig deep into the earth, and make all of those things part of what we do in different ways here.”

Jacobson and Stone plan to host on-site events, such as a once-a-week “Dogs and Drinks” night, and a nonprofit night where nonprofits come to discuss their work and have a “drinking experience.” ‘learning and sharing’.

Stone hopes events can also expand at Dig Deep to allow for lounge events where islanders can gather and discuss a variety of topics and ideas.

“When people come together with an open mind and an open heart, a lot can happen,” Stone said.

Dig Deep staff include Nursery and Gardens Manager, Jan Pagel, who can help visitors design the garden, as well as information on sourcing specialist plants. The property also includes a stage for performers and a gift shop, run by gallery and boutique manager Jon Jon Harvey, which is stocked with works by local and global artists.

Dig Deep will also be hosting artist Pam Ingalls on site as well as other artists in the near future.

“We just lost so much community in this time of COVID, and it’s just this longing to be together and to have a beautiful, safe, open space,” Jacobson said.

One of the ways Dig Deep is opening up its space to the community is through its first-ever Spring Fling event, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27.

Several vendors will be on hand to help islanders “make your garden shine,” Stone said. On both days, Barb Gustafson will lead a basket weaving workshop. On Sunday, Emily Macréa will give a grafting demonstration. Vashon’s tool library will also be present at the event.

Musician Steve Itterly will perform at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Itterly, a Colorado-based singer-songwriter, won the 2016 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival and is known for his strong vocals and slide guitar.

Dig Deep’s bar will be open and local food truck Orca Eats will also be on site both days.

Jacobson considers the Spring Fling to be Dig Deep’s grand opening event, more than anything the company has done since 2021.

“The Spring Fling is perfect because it’s about celebration, about growing, about ushering in a new era, and that’s exactly what we do,” Jacobson said.

Note: For more information on Dig Deep or their Spring Fling event, visit digdeepgardens.com.

Dora W. Clawson