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

Knowing the Spring Courtyard open hours:

Tuesday to Sunday 11:30 am to 5 pm. The Courtyard is closed on Mondays.

    • Admission is free/guided tours on Saturdays at 11 am. 
    • Meet in the forecourt near the courtyard entrance.
    • To save trees, please download and print Self Guided Tour HandoutPlant GuidePoetry Couplets on recycling papers and bring with you to the garden.
    • Private group tours can be arranged. Contact the office for information.
    • The Garden is open for event / wedding rental. Click here for more details.
    • Check the website for any updates or special alerts. 
    Please join us for a festive evening to celebrate and support the Seattle Chinese Garden

    Click here for more details.
    Kindly RSVP by October 17
    Click here to pay online.
    Click here for online registration.
    By mail: Click here to download a registration form (mail with check).
    By phone: 206-934-5219 (pay with Visa).
    To explore inclusion of your item in the auction, click here to download a procurement form.

    4th Annual Seattle Chinese Garden
    Photography Workshop


      Photos by Ray Pfortner @2013

     Focus on Composition with Ray Pfortner

    October 1 and 22 (evening classroom sessions)
    October 4 photograph in the garden

    The best photos are not made by the best cameras; they are made by a thoughtful, imaginative person behind the camera. Explore the principles of how to design a compelling, evocative photograph. Shoot at the Seattle Chinese Garden in the best light of day and share the results for group critique. Rays popular annual workshop is open to photographers or visual artists with any type digital camera and any level of experience from beginner to advanced. Limited to 14 participants, so register early.

    For details, download a workshop flyer.
    Click here to download a registration form.

    Intro to Community Chinese Corner at Seattle Chinese Garden

    Cosponsor: Confucius Institute of the State of Washington

    9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/12 in 2014

    6 sessions are from 4 to 5:30 pm

    Click here for online registration.

    你好! Learn basic Mandarin Chinese conversation and culture in a fun, relaxed environment with our experienced Chinese teachers and student assistants. Participate in activities for all ages like playing mah jong, painting, and talking about food! 6 sessions are from 4-5:30 pm on 9/3, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, and 11/12, Free but donations are welcome.


    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


    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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