Tea is a way of life in much of the world, especially in China and other parts of Asia. A wonderful way to learn about Chinese tea is to join a session this Tuesday — sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Seattle Chinese Garden. Chunman Gissing (photo) described Chinese tea ware and tea varieties to attendees at the first session an October 9. The second session is October 16 (10 am to noon). Enjoy making, serving, and tasting tea, plus a special poetry reading. Instructor Chunman Gissing (her name means “full of spring”) looks forward to sharing her love of tea with you.
LOCATION: High Point Community Center in West Seattle, 6920 34th Ave SW
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Come for a stroll to admire the beautiful “Rose of Sharon” (Hibiscus syriacus) shrubs on the eastern edge of the tree peony garden and north of the Pine and Plum Pavilion garden. A half-dozen varieties and colors are in full bloom, including pink, violet, and variegated white/red. Although its biblical common name and Latin name imply a Middle Eastern origin, this deciduous shrub is native to India and China and is popular in other areas of East Asia. In China, this mallow plant symbolizes wealth, fame, and splendor, and in traditional times was put up to ward off evil associated with the summer solstice. The Seattle Chinese Garden is well protected, and we love the summer sun here!
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What a beautiful weekend in the Garden for our May 12-13 Peony and Bamboo Festival. The Wahaha Dance Group delighted the audience with their lively traditional dances. Visit again soon for more photos and an update on current peony blooms. Come for a walk!
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More than 50 people filled every chair in the Chan classroom on February 25 to hear a presentation on the Tea Culture of Southwest China by Yin Na, a tea artist from Chongqing, China. Her illustrated presentation offered an overview of the ancient roots and practices of tea culture in China and then focused on teas of the southwest provinces, with a demonstration of the proper method for preparing tea. Attendees enjoyed tastings of three teas — Golden Flower from the Tea Horse Road that linked Southwest China with the Himalayan plateau, Pu’er from Yunnan, and also White Bird Beak Buds, an ancient wild Pu’er tea. We look forward to future visits by Yin Na. The Garden’s Education Committee, led by board member Chunman Gissing, is planning several other tea events for this year in collaboration with local tea masters. Stay tuned by signing up for email alerts. Send your name and address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Late afternoon is a special time for appreciating the Garden’s architectural details and the interplay of light and shadow. This view of the east gate reveals the intricate layering of design elements and color, from blue sky to woodwork. Come for a walk and savor the Garden’s beauty as the sun slips into the western horizon. Photo by Sandy Marvinney.