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

Knowing the Spring Courtyard open hours:

The Garden office and Knowing the Spring Courtyard close on Nov 26 and 27 for thanksgiving.

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. 

    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 Jinpings 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 Guatamala 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.

    April Is Peony Month at the Garden
    The Annual Peony & Bamboo Festival is April 1617

    Mark your calendar and watch for more details early in 2016. To receive email event alerts, sending your name and email address


    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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