Seattle Chinese Garden grounds and SSCC Arboretum

Knowing the Spring Courtyard open hours:

Closed until further notice
During the winter, the Garden will not open during adverse weather such as snow storms and icy driving conditions due to the steep and curving streets leading up the ridge. Persistent rain also will prompt closure, but probably not intermittent shows. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for the gravel paths.


The Garden does not charge admission fees, but we do welcome donations. Contributions help support garden maintenance and educational and cultural programs. Thank you!

When you walk into the entry court, please stop in the Ticket Office to pick up a self-guided tour brochure and plant guide. We ask that all visitors sign in so we will have an accurate daily count.

The South Seattle Community College’s Arboretum is adjacent to the Chinese Garden and is free to the public. It is often called “the best kept secret of West Seattle.” Please click information about the arboretum and the arboretum map to learn more. Leashed dogs are allowed in the SSCC Arboretum.

Docent Tour

To arrange a private group tour during Garden hours, please call 206-934-5219 or email


Drive into the north entrance to South Seattle Community College (5640 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, 98106). There is small yellow parking kiosk immediately after the gatehouse. The college parking fee is $3 for all day. The college arboretum is on your left and then the gravel walkway to the Garden Entry Courtyard is before the first building on the left. Look for the green directional signs.

View more detailed directions to the Garden.