5th Annual Peony and Bamboo Festival

Saturday/Sunday, May 6-7, 10 AM to 4 PM

We are glad we heeded the weather forecasts for April 22-23 and postponed the festival to avert a wet experience for garden visitors, lion dancers, cultural performers, vendors, and all our collaborators. Now we are looking forward to the forecasts of warmer and mostly sunny weather and a fun time on May 6-7. Look for more details in the next few days, on the website and by email alerts. 

If you are not on the Garden’s email list and would like to receive event updates, please send your name and email address to: info@seattlechinesegarden.org

Peony Blooming Update

By April 22 about eight peony buds had popped open to full bloom (photos below), and many more should be opening this week. Stop by to admire them and see all the big buds getting ready to bloom. We will post regular updates on the website home page and send via email alerts. We anticipate that the peony garden will be at or near the height of flowering for the early blooming varieties by the festival weekend.

April 29: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day at the Garden

Come join the global celebration in Knowing the Spring Courtyard. Tai Chi master Restita DeJesus will guide participants in flowing movements that enhance your qi and serenity. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience needed. Come and enjoy or observe this popular annual event, which begins at 10 am and will conclude between 11 and 11:30.

2017 Events ~ Mark Your Calendar!

5th Annual Peony and Bamboo Festival – May 6 & 7, 10 am to 4 pm

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day – April 29, 10 am  to 11:30 am

5th Annual Kite Festival – June 24, 2 pm to 6 pm

Other events and cultural/educational programs will be added to the calendar as the year progresses. If you are not yet on the event alert email list, send your name and email address to:  info@seattlechinesegarden.org

Garden Conservancy Northwest 2017 Passport

Soos Creek Botanical Garden in Auburn


Garden lovers will appreciate this passport to 24 public gardens in the Northwest (15 in the Puget Sound region). Each garden offers a benefit such as a discount on admissions, a gift shop or nursery purchase, or a special program. The passport provides contact information (including website) and a map ID.

The passport will inspire visits to explore some of the most beautiful gardens in Washington and Oregon – the well known and many hidden gems – such as Bellevue Botanical Garden, The Bloedel Reserve, The Chase Garden (Orting), Yakima Area Arboretum, and in Oregon – Leach Botanical Garden and The Rogerson Clematis Garden. The Seattle Chinese Garden is among the 24 as a member of the Garden Conservancy Northwest Network.

Special price of $12 per passport (a $3 discount; tax included)

Mail a check (payable to Seattle Chinese Garden) to the address at bottom of this newsletter, or call the office at 206.934.5219 between noon and 5 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Passports are good gifts for any occasion, and will be available for purchase through early spring, or until the limited supply runs out.

Great Blue Heron Checks Out the Garden

Great blue herons occasionally visit the Garden, primarily to cast an eye on the goldfish, the mission of this one in late afternoon on January 7. This brief video link shows him stalking up to the pond. Alas for the heron, no meal there as the fish were in hiding on this cold day. Garden manager Julian Leung took the courtyard image and video. Volunteer Trudi Fajans captured the heron in surveillance mode on a cornice of the Pine and Plum Pavilion. Volunteering in the garden sure has its rewards, as does coming often for a walk, even in the winter.

If you capture good images of birds or other critters while visiting, do share them with us. We want to compile an archive of wildlife in the Garden and post some of the best photos on the website and on our “coming soon” Facebook and Instagram sites. You may email photos to: info@seattlechinesegarden.org, along with your name, date you took the photo, and any comments of interest.