Wu Wo Tea Ceremony in the Courtyard – June 10, 2-4 PM

Experience this traditional tea ceremony with others who enjoy or want to learn more about Chinese tea culture. Bring your favorite Chinese tea, a pot and four cups, and learn how to prepare and share in a Wu-W0 tea circle. Wu-Wo means selfless, related to the Taoist “Way of Tea.” Ling Wang, a tea expert and book author from Sichuan Province, will lead the ceremony. Assisting are Aqina Zhang of Bellevue, and Chunman Gissing, a long-time Garden friend. The program is free, but if you plan to attend, please let us know by June 8. For more information about the ceremony and tea essentials to bring with you, download the event flyer.


Keeping an Eye on the Next Peony Blooms

The tree peony varieties blooming in early May have now dropped their petals, but the next varieties to bloom will be bursting forth in this week’s warmer weather. These Itoh intersectional peonies are a cross between tree and herbaceous peonies. Also planted with rootstock from Luoyang, China, they have matured into lush bushes full of buds. You will find them at the north end of the peony garden near the path up to Dragon Seeker and along the upper path to the north and south. The Misaka variety has magnificent big blossoms ranging from soft orange to yellow, with eye-catching red central flares. Take a sniff of their delightful fragrance. The Keiko variety produces exquisite coral/pink blossoms. Look for updates on bloom progress on the website, in an upcoming email event alert, and on our Facebook page.

Pine and Plum Pavilion Pond in Bloom

In the past few days bright yellow lilies have livened up the pond, a sure sign that summer is near. Water lilies also are starting to pop up and unfold. Occasionally a red water lily appears to add another bright jolt of color. Mallard ducks have been frequent visitors for the past month or so. The pavilion is a great spot to sit and commune with nature.

More details are coming soon. If you would like to receive email event alerts, send your name and email address to: info@seattlechinesegarden.org


5th Annual Peony and Bamboo Festival: 1,400 visitors on May 6-7!

Our fifth annual Peony and Bamboo Festival drew an estimated 1,400 people over the weekend. All enjoyed wonderful cultural performances, starting with the lion dance in the courtyard and parade around the Garden, led by Sifu David Leong of Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness. The gorgeous peonies were photo magnets, and many first-time visitors also explored the bamboo groves and the big field. Watch for more photos and details in email updates and on Facebook. Thank you to everyone who attended the festival, and those who helped make it a great success, including our hard-working staff and volunteers. We especially thank our festival cosponsors — American Peony Art and Culture Association, American Bamboo Society Northwest Chapter — and our collaborators, the Confucius Institute of Washington and the Pacific Science Center.

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

2017 Events ~ Mark Your Calendar!

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.