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Garden Office Hours for June 2015
   Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Closed Monday and Thursday

Knowing the Spring Courtyard open hours:

Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 am to 5 pm. The Courtyard is closed on Mondays.

    • Admission is free. Donations are appreciated to support garden care and programs. 
    • You may download the following guides in pdf format: self-guided tour handoutplant guidecourtyard poetry couplets.
    • Private group tours can be arranged. Contact the office for information.
    • The Garden is available for event / wedding rental. Click here for more details.
    • Check the website for any updates or special alerts. 

    Beautiful Weather! Come for a Walk Soon

    See whats glowing, swimming, and blooming, including the dazzling Tibetan peonies in the bamboo grove. Water lilies are popping up in the pond at Song Mei Pavilion. The Garden offers many treasures of nature to discover and admire in every season and all times of day, from early morning light to the golden glow of late afternoon. And, for even more enjoyment of nature and horticulture, be sure to visit the adjacent college Arboretum.

    The April 2526 Peony and Bamboo Festival was a big success with nearly 1,800 visitors over the sunny weekend. Our cosponsors -- American Peony Art and Culture Association and American Bamboo Society Northwest Chapter -- are at the heart of this event, as are our garden volunteers. To all who came with friends and family to enjoy the beautiful setting and fun activities -- thank you for contributing to the high energy and for your support of the garden. We are here for you and the community, so visit again for a walk or to fly a kite in the big field. See more festival photos on the blog.

    If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities, or to receive email alerts about future events of all kinds, send your contact information to: info@seattlechinesegarden.org

    Learn Basic Mandarin Conversation
    at Community Chinese Corner

    Alternate Tuesdays, March 24 to June 30
    4:30 to 6 pm in the Chan Center

    New participants are welcome to attend the remaining sessions.

    Click here for online registration.

    Experienced Chinese teachers and student assistants lead these fun classes for all ages. Learning activities include talking about food, playing cards, and painting. Cosponsored by the Seattle Chinese Garden and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington. The sessions are free but donations are welcome. Download the pdf flyer for more information.

    Download a flyer with workshop details. Click here

    2015 events & programs in Seattle Chinese Garden
  • Two series of Chinese Corner classes in spring and fall
  • Opening Reception: China Photo & Mixed Media Exhibit, June 27
  • Kite Festival on August 1
  • Photo Workshop Led by Ray Fortner, late summer
  • Moon festival in September 
  • Soaring Dragon on October 24 

  • Dazzling Photos and Moon Magic

    When you visit the Garden, stop by the Chan Center south classroom to see the juried exhibit of photos from the 2013 photography workshop led by Ray Pfortner. If you are interested in receiving information about the 2015 summer workshop, please email info@seattlechinesegarden.org.


    Who is this doggie in the Garden ?

    Its Willow with her companion, Laurel Seely.

    The Garden is open to dogs with their two-footed friends, even those lacking this pairs perfect garden names. Note that Willow is on a leash. Please bring plastic baggies for you know what. Our big field is great for walking dogs, but also is enjoyed by children and many other visitors. Woof woof !

    Give a Gift That Endures Honor a Family Member or Friend with a Garden Brick

    Years from now, visitors to the garden will pass by this wall and be delighted to say, "Look, right there, those are my grandparents' names - they helped build this garden."

    Community friends prepare to cut the ribbon at the May 20, 2012, dedication for the Friendship Wall. To see more photos from this event, download a one-page pdf file.

    Give a truly memorable, personalized gift. If you purchase a brick for our donor wall (built in 2011) we will prepare a special, numbered certificate for you to give now. This is a great gift for someone who has everything.

    Prices vary from $250 to $675 based on the size of the brick and number of lines included.

    Bricks are made of green granite stone and have gold engraving.

    If you have questions regarding the Brick Campaign, please email bricks@seattlechinesegarden.orgor call the office at 206-934-5219.

    Click here for Brick forms: English version or Chinese version.

    Your gift helps to build the Garden and strengthen a legacy for the important people in your life.

    Volunteering Opportunities

    The Garden offers many opportunities for volunteers to help with events, public outreach, administrative work, and horticulture and site upkeep. To learn more, please click on the descriptions below. Email info@seattlechinesegarden.org  for questions. 


    If you enjoy digging in the dirt and mulching, pruning, and thinning, contact Bob at 206.849.4055 (cell) or gardenmanager@seattlechinesegarden.org. He welcomes volunteers for whatever time you want to spend helping out. Volunteers will rake, weed, transplant and complete other projects as needed. Please bring gloves, shovels, rakes, and other tools; the Garden can provide some equipment as well.

    Video Highlights the Garden Vision

    Matt Lincoln, a talented young filmmaker based in New York, spent several weeks in Seattle during the fall 2010 to film the final stages of courtyard construction and interview Garden leaders and supporters. Watch the video by clicking here!


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