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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:

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. 

    Join us for a festive evening to support the Garden. Our annual gala in the Brockey Center at South Seattle College begins with a reception and silent auction at 5:30 pm. A lion dance procession at 7 pm is a rousing start to dinner, which features a live auction, raise the paddle, and entertainment interlude. Encourage family and friends to join us. Register by September 30 at the early bird rate of $125 for individual tickets. Please RSVP no late than October 16 

    by registering and pay online
    by mail by downloading and returning the registration form

    If your table captain / organisation paid your ticket, click here to register.

    2015 Community Chinese Corner - fall sessions

    Co-sponsor: Confucius Institute of the State of Washington
    Registration click here
    September 15 to November 24, 2015
    6 sessions on 9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24 from 4:30 -6 pm 
    Chan Center, Seattle Chinese Garden

    你好Learn basic Mandarin Chinese conversation and culture in a fun, relaxed environment with our experienced Chinese teachers and student assistants. Participate in activities for all ages like playing cards, painting, and talking about food! Free but donations are welcome

    Impressions of China Art Exhibition

    Chan Center through September 28

    Dawn and dusk on the Great Wall, gardens and temples, Suzhou canals to Shanghai skyscrapers. Admire the images captured last September by a 15-member cultural exchange delegation led by Vashon Island photographer Ray Pfortner and photo stylist Nancy Wing. Portlands Lan Su Garden hosted the juried exhibition in May and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden in Vancouver, BC, will host in October and November. Framed art, matted prints, and note cards are for sale.

    Exhibit Hours:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, noon to 5 pm; Saturday, 9:30 to 5 pm.
    Please Note:  Access will not be available if a class is meeting in the Chan Center. The exhibit also may occasionally be open on a Sunday.

    Stories Behind the Images In a series of Thursday evening programs from July through September, individual photographers will take you on a virtual tour describing the experiences that inspired their images and how they captured them. See July 16 and August 6 programs details below. If you are not on the Gardens email list for event alerts, please send your name and email address to: info@seattlechinesegarden.org

    Garden Delights: Lilies, Ducks, Bamboo Shoots

    With the warm weather the bamboo is going wild putting up new shoots in all the groves. The delicate canes and sprouts sparkle with dew in early morning. In late afternoon light the bigger canes glow in a wide range of colors from yellow and green to rusty brown and ebony. Water lilies are in all stages from pop-ups to full bloom in the pond at Pine and Plum Pavilion. Our resident pair of Mallard ducks are enjoying that pond and the Knowing Spring Court pond. Everyone enjoys watching them, especially our youngest visitors. Any day, any time from dawn to dusk is lovely for a walk in the garden and 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

    2015 events & programs in Seattle Chinese Garden
  • Two series of Chinese Corner classes in spring and fall
  • Impressions of China Art Exhibition Chan Center,
  •    June 28 to September 28
  • 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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