Beautiful Weather ~ Come for a Stroll !

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The herbaceous Itoh peonies are blooming on the upper level of the Luoyang Tree Peony Garden. Their large, delicately colored blossoms are a photographer’s delight. The college Arboretum also is a wonder of blooming shrubs and flowers.

Northwest Wine Academy Second Saturday Tasting

May 14 ~ Noon to 6 pm

Enjoy complimentary tasting of current wines and sit on the patio or in the tasting route with a delicious cheese plate, charcuterie, or olives.

Healthy Landscapes, Healthy People

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Sunday, May 15, 2016 ~ 11 am to 3:45 pm

Chan Education Center at the Seattle Chinese Garden

Join us for a program on the “hidden half of nature” — how beneficial microbes in the soil nourish the earth for the health of landscapes and people. UW Professor David Montgomery and biologist Anne Biklé take us into the mysterious world of the microbes that make soil fertile and food nutritious. These authors of The Hidden Half of Nature are speaking nationwide about their vision for healthy ecosystems and human immune systems. The workshop will bring together a diversity of people who want to learn more about this important topic.

$65 General / $45 Teachers and Students — Fee includes: program, garden tour and tai chi demonstration, catered lunch; and 4.75 STARS credit for teachers

Presented by:

The Maria Montessori Language and Cultural Center & Seattle Chinese Garden

Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 10th to:

To Register, send check payable to MMLCC to:
MMLCC, 3316 NW 68th Street, Seattle WA 98117

Download the workshop flyer for more details.

Mark your Calendar!

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June 11 Spring at South Open House:  Northwest Wine Academy spring release tasting, activities at Seattle Chinese Garden and SSC Arboretum

June 25  4th Annual Kite Festival at Seattle Chinese Garden, 2–6 pm

Oct. 15  SCG Soaring Dragon Celebration & Benefit Dinner

Thanks to All Who Helped the Dragon Soar


At the October 24 Soaring Dragon Celebration, guests at the two Boeing Company tables gathered in front of a spectacular painting by Yiqiao (George) Jiang. Titled Chinese Dream, Peony Passion, it honors President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Seattle and Washington, D.C.

Soaring Dragon Celebration attendees enjoyed a reception with wine, guzheng music by Ena Wang, a painting demonstration by George Jiang, and a chance to win items in a silent auction. Sifu David Leong and students at Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness led a colorful lion dance to dinner, pumping up the energy for the live auction action.

Guests raised bid cards to snare vacation stays in Guatemala and at Whistler, Alaska Airlines tickets, a VIP tour of the Boeing Everett plant, an instant wine cellar, and much more. Auctioneer Stephen Kilbreath proved a master at coaxing bids higher and higher, aided by emcee Wei Zuo and her skillful bilingual item descriptions.

Inspired by a $10,000 raise the paddle challenge donation from a Garden admirer, other friends responded to calls for support from board president Jim Dawson and Mason Blacher, our fundraising counsel. An upcoming e-newsletter will report in more detail.

Soaring appreciation to The Boeing Company and Alaska Airlines. Many thanks to everyone who donated items to the auction and to winning bidders, Raise the Paddle supporters, table captains and attendees, and to our wonderful event volunteers. Your contributions give a big boost to our programs and capacity building initiatives as we enter 2016.

Who is this doggie in the Garden ?


Who is this doggie in the Garden ?

It’s Willow … with her companion, Laurel Seely.

The Garden is open to dogs with their two-footed friends, even those lacking this pair’s 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 !

Seattle Chinese Garden grounds:
Open daily from dawn to dusk

Garden Office Hours in 2016
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday – 11 am to 5 pm
Monday and Thursday – Closed

Office Phone: 206-934-5219

Knowing the Spring Courtyard 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.