GiveBIG Gifts Fertilize the Garden’s Community Mission

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Your generous gift on May 3 during the Seattle Foundation’s 24 hours of online community giving is the catalyst and fertilizer for nurturing the Garden’s horticulture, planning and conducting festivals and educational programs, and meeting other essential needs. Plus, the Seattle Foundation’s pool of matching funds will magnify your gift! We welcome and appreciate gifts of any size. A donation of $1,000 or more qualifies you for membership in the Garden’s Bamboo Circle of dedicated supporters.

It’s easy to donate right now. By clicking the GiveBIG Here link you can schedule your gift for processing on May 3 — or you can go online and donate between 12:00 am to 11:59 pm on May 3. Thank you!

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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!

Check back for more details or sign up for email event alerts by sending your name and email address to:

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 !

Dedication for the Friendship Wall

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 or 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.

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.