5th Annual Peony and Bamboo Festival, April 8–9

The Luoyang tree peonies are showing lots of big buds and the beginning sprouting of leaves. These hardy plants don’t mind snow and cold. We anticipate bigger and more beautiful blooms with each passing year, so save the weekend of April 8 and 9 (10 am to 4 pm) for our most popular annual event.

This year we are again offering potted Luoyang tree peonies for sale starting at 10 am on Saturday. Be sure to be there with the whole family for the colorful lion dance in late morning, followed by a performance by the super popular Bubbleman, who never fails to thrill the little ones and everyone who enjoys tall tales and big bubbles.

The family-friendly festival also features specialty bamboo vendors, displays and demonstrations, craft items for purchase, Chinese painting demonstrations, and music and other entertainment throughout the weekend, plus a Chinese food booth.

Be on the lookout for more details by early March. If you would like receive email alerts about the festival and other garden events, send your name and contact information to: info@seattlechinesegarden.org.

A Magic Carpet of Snow

Maybe Dragon Seeker wishes he could fly off to a warmer climate, but we cheer for gentle snowstorms that transform the garden into a winter wonderland. Dewey Webster, docent program coordinator, headed to the Garden on February 6 to photograph the first significant snow in three years. He reports that neighborhood families were in the field building snowmen and sliding down the small hill. See more of Dewey’s photos on the Garden blog.

Take heart, Dragon Seeker, spring is on the way and with it come the peonies!