A “wishing tree” along Seattle’s Ship Canal Trail just west of the Fremont Bridge invites anyone who passes by to write down wishes, tie them to the tree and wait for them to come true.

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Wishes bloom in Seattle. A wish tree, along the Ship Canal Trail just west of the Fremont Bridge in Seattle, was started by the Hanisko family. It celebrates the life of their mother and grandmother, Judy Gregory. They said this was a perfect way to honor a woman who saw the beauty all around us and loved to connect with people. At the tree’s base is a tin with pens, tags and a note asking passers-by to write down their wishes, tie them to the tree and wait for them to come true. What began with a few dozen wishes from friends and family has multiplied into hundreds hanging from the tree’s branches, written by people of all ages. Another wish tree is at East Galer Street and 21st Avenue East on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Jane Hamel, owner of the house where the tree is located, started it when she set paper and markers out in November 2014. Now there are thousands of wishes hanging.