The Luoyang tree peonies are showing lots of big buds and the beginning sprouting of leaves. These hardy plants don’t mind snow and cold. We anticipate bigger and more beautiful blooms with each passing year, so save the weekend of April 8 and 9 (10 am to 4 pm) for our most popular annual event.
This year we are again offering potted Luoyang tree peonies for sale starting at 10 am on Saturday. Be sure to be there with the whole family for the colorful lion dance in late morning, followed by a performance by the super popular Bubbleman, who never fails to thrill the little ones and everyone who enjoys tall tales and big bubbles.
The family-friendly festival also features specialty bamboo vendors, displays and demonstrations, craft items for purchase, Chinese painting demonstrations, and music and other entertainment throughout the weekend, plus a Chinese food booth.
Be on the lookout for more details by early March. If you would like receive email alerts about the festival and other garden events, send your name and contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Maybe Dragon Seeker wishes he could fly off to a warmer climate, but we cheer for gentle snowstorms that transform the garden into a winter wonderland. Dewey Webster, docent program coordinator, headed to the Garden on February 6 to photograph the first significant snow in three years. He reports that neighborhood families were in the field building snowmen and sliding down the small hill. See more of Dewey’s photos on the Garden blog.
Take heart, Dragon Seeker, spring is on the way and with it come the peonies!
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Great blue herons occasionally visit the Garden, primarily to cast an eye on the goldfish, the mission of this one in late afternoon on January 7. This brief video link shows him stalking up to the pond. Alas for the heron, no meal there as the fish were in hiding on this cold day. Garden manager Julian Leung took the courtyard image and video. Volunteer Trudi Fajans captured the heron in surveillance mode on a cornice of the Pine and Plum Pavilion. Volunteering in the garden sure has its rewards, as does coming often for a walk, even in the winter.
If you capture good images of birds or other critters while visiting, do share them with us. We want to compile an archive of wildlife in the Garden and post some of the best photos on the website and on our “coming soon” Facebook and Instagram sites. You may email photos to: email@example.com, along with your name, date you took the photo, and any comments of interest.
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5th Annual Peony and Bamboo Festival – April 8 & 9, 10 am to 4 pm
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day – April 29, 10 am to 11:30 am
5th Annual Kite Festival– June 24, 2 pm to 6 pm
Other events and cultural/educational programs will be added to the calendar as the year progresses. If you are not yet on the event alert email list, send your name and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Garden lovers will appreciate this passport to 24 public gardens in the Northwest (15 in the Puget Sound region). Each garden offers a benefit such as a discount on admissions, a gift shop or nursery purchase, or a special program. The passport provides contact information (including website) and a map ID.
The passport will inspire visits to explore some of the most beautiful gardens in Washington and Oregon – the well known and many hidden gems – such as Bellevue Botanical Garden, The Bloedel Reserve, The Chase Garden (Orting), Yakima Area Arboretum, and in Oregon – Leach Botanical Garden and The Rogerson Clematis Garden. The Seattle Chinese Garden is among the 24 as a member of the Garden Conservancy Northwest Network.
Special price of $12 per passport (a $3 discount; tax included)
Mail a check (payable to Seattle Chinese Garden) to the address at bottom of this newsletter, or call the office at 206.934.5219 between noon and 5 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Passports are good gifts for any occasion, and will be available for purchase through early spring, or until the limited supply runs out.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Seattle Chinese Garden through your Amazon purchases, at no cost to you. The AS Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases. You can use your existing Amazon account. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), select the Seattle Chinese Garden as your charitable organization. Make every purchase count for more. Many Garden friends smiling on us will cheer us year round.
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Seattle Chinese Garden grounds: Open daily from dawn to dusk
Garden Office Hours in 2016 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 11 am to 5 pm