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Seattle Chinese Garden grounds and SSCC Arboretum:  open daily from dawn to dusk

Knowing the Spring Courtyard open hours:

Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 am to 5 pm

    • Admission is free/guided tours on Saturdays at 1 pm. 
    • Meet in the forecourt near the courtyard entrance.
    • Private group tours can be arranged. Contact the office for information.
    • The Garden is closed on Mondays.
    • Check the website for any updates or special alerts. 


    Come with family and friends to celebrate this beloved flower of spring and our new peony garden!

    • Prime bloom time for more than 400 tree peony plants of two dozen varieties.
    • 48 Luoyang tree peony plants for sale.
    • Peony art display and painting demonstration by Yiqiao (George) Zhang.
    • Talks on caring for peony plants and on peonies in Chinese culture.
    • Peony-themed craft items (imported from Luoyang) for purchase.
    • Entertainment in Knowing the Spring Courtyard music, dance, martial arts.
    • Food and beverage booths for refreshments.

    Watch for more details in email alerts and on the website.

    Download a pdf file with feature story on the Peony Festival published in the spring issue of The Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin.

    World Tai Chi Day at the Garden

    Saturday, April 26, 10 to 11:30 am

    West Seattle Tai Chi instructor Restita De Jesus will lead a tai chi practice at the Seattle Chinese Garden in celebration of the 15th The World Tai Chi Qi Gong Day. This annual event is both moving and inspiring, as people from more than 70 nations in hundreds of cities and all 50 US States come together to wrap the world in a global tai chi and qigong movement and teach the health benefits of these ancient Chinese practices. Everyone is welcome to come and join in or watch the group.

    The event is free, and any donations will go to the Seattle Chinese Garden. Thank you, Restita!

    Visit China in September

    Photography and Visual Arts Cultural Exchange

    Explore classic and contemporary Chinese art and culture with photographer Ray Pfortner and photo stylist Nancy Wing, who are offering a wonderful travel opportunity. Visit Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou to photograph or paint classic gardens, iconic architecture, and historical/cultural sites such as the Great Wall. Meet Chinese photography professionals and, upon your return, participate in a curated group show of your work in several Northwest venues. Ray teaches the annual photography workshop at the Seattle Chinese Garden. Click the link to download detailed tour information.

    Enter the code photo2014 when prompted.  September tour to China.

    Dazzling Photos and Moon Magic

    See more photos on the Blog

    Rain poured and the wind howled, but neither deterred Garden friends and photography fans on February 15. More than 100 guests attended the opening reception for the juried photo show of garden images and celebration of the Lantern Festival. As the evening drew to a close and the rain stopped, many walked down to lantern-lit Knowing the Spring Courtyard, where they were treated to a magical appearance of the full moon peeking from the cloud breaks. The next public viewing of the photo exhibit will be on Sunday, March 16, from 11 am to 4 pm in conjunction with the Mei Hua event. 
    Photo by Marcia Mueller.

    A Garden Transformed

    The gentle snow on February 9 transformed the Garden with its soft stillness, highlighting the yin-yang essence of dark and light. And, like the ever changing Tao, it vanished as the day warmed. Photo by Sandy Marvinney. See more photos on the Blog

    Save the Dates for 2014 Garden Events

    More details coming soon

    April 26 World Tai Chi Day

    May 34 Annual Seattle-Luoyang Peony Festival. View Luoyang tree peonies in bloom at the Seattle Chinese Garden.

    May 1718 Seattle Bamboo Festival

    Late July Celebrate Sichuan gathering

    August 9 Annual Seattle Chinese Garden Kite Festival

    September Bamboo Circle reception; for circle members by invitation

    October Autumn Moon Celebration

    October 25 Annual Soaring Dragon Celebration and Benefit Dinner

    Other educational and horticultural programs are in initial planning stages and will be announced throughout the year.

    Thank you to Year-End Donors 谢谢

    The generosity of Garden friends contributed $13,740 to the Garden. Donations ranged from $10 to $5,000. We value each dollar and the enthusiasm that motivated each gift. Contributions will support Garden programs and community events in 2014.


    Who is this doggie in the Garden ?

    Its Willow with her companion, Laurel Seely.

    The gates are now open to dogs with their two-footed friends, even those lacking this pairs 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 !

    *Thank you to all who visited the Garden, attended programs, volunteered time, or supported the Garden through donations in 2013. We are looking forward to expanding cultural and educational programs in 2014.

    Admission to the Garden is now FREE to all visitors, but donations are welcome to support garden maintenance and program activities. Please note new winter open hours below.

    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 $200 to $600 based on the size of the brick and number of lines included.

    Bricks are made of green granite stone and have gold engraving.

    The bricks are 100% deductible.

    If you have questions regarding the Brick Campaign, please email bricks@seattlechinesegarden.orgor 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.


    Video Highlights the Garden Vision

    Matt Lincoln, a talented young filmmaker based in New York, spent several weeks in Seattle during the fall 2010 to film the final stages of courtyard construction and interview Garden leaders and supporters. Watch the video by clicking here!

    Volunteering Opportunities

    The Garden offers many opportunities for volunteers to help with events, public outreach, administrative work, and horticulture and site upkeep.
    To learn more, please click on the descriptions below. Email info@seattlechinesegarden.org for questions.

    If you enjoy digging in the dirt and mulching, pruning, and thinning, contact Bob at 206.849.4055 (cell) or gardenmanager@seattlechinesegarden.org. He welcomes volunteers for whatever time you want to spend helping out. Volunteers will rake, weed, transplant and complete other projects as needed. Please bring gloves, shovels, rakes, and other tools; the Garden can provide some equipment as well.


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