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Garden Office Hours for April 2015
   Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday -- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Closed Monday and Thursday

Knowing the Spring Courtyard open hours:

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

    • Admission is free. Donations are appreciated to support garden care and programs. 
    • To save trees, please download and print the following guides on recycled paper and bring with you to the garden: self-guided tour handoutplant guidepoetry couplets.
    • Private group tours can be arranged. Contact the office for information.
    • The Garden is available for event / wedding rental. Click here for more details.
    • Check the website for any updates or special alerts. 

    2015 Peony & Bamboo Festival
    Saturday & Sunday, April 2526, 2015
    10 am to 4 pm

    Luoyang Tree Peony Garden with more than 400 plants 
    Plant sales: tree peonies from Luoyang and bamboo from local growers
    plant care demonstrations/talks artist demonstrations
    arts and crafts for sale entertainment fun for the whole family
    Suggested donation $5 for adults

    Download a a flyer with festival details. Click here

    World Tai Chi Day at the Garden Saturday, April 25, 9:3010:30 am

    Anyone from beginner to experienced practitioner is welcome to attend or observe a free tai chi class in Knowing the Spring Courtyard led by Restita DeJesus, chief instructor at Body Movement Arts in West Seattle. It will be a lovely way to begin a visit to the festival. Look for more details on the website on April 17.

    A Botanical & Garden Photography Workshop
    with David E. Perry

    @ David E. Perry, 2015

    Friday, April 17 (evening)    Saturday, April 18 

    Learn how to envision and capture the essence of a garden from the broad vista to an exquisite, single blossom. For photographers with any digital camera smart phone, point-and-shoot, or SLR. All levels of experience are welcome and can be accommodated. David E. Perry is an inspirational garden photographer and exceptional teacher whose photos have appeared in numerous garden magazines and books.

    Click here to download more information.
    Click here to register online.

    Learn Basic Mandarin Conversation
    at Community Chinese Corner

    Alternate Tuesdays, March 24 to June 30
    4:30 to 6 pm in the Chan Center

    Click here for online registration.

    Experienced Chinese teachers and student assistants lead these fun classes for all ages. Learning activities include talking about food, playing cards, and painting. Cosponsored by the Seattle Chinese Garden and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington. The sessions are free but donations are welcome. Download the pdf flyer for more information.

    Download a flyer with workshop details. Click here

    2015 events & programs in Seattle Chinese Garden
  • Peony / Bamboo Festival on April 25-26
  • Two series of Chinese Corner classes in spring and fall
  • Kite Festival on August 1
  • Moon festival in September 
  • Soaring Dragon on October 24 

  • Dazzling Photos and Moon Magic

    When you visit the Garden, stop by the Chan Center south classroom to see the juried exhibit of photos from the 2013 photography workshop led by Ray Pfortner. If you are interested in receiving information about the 2015 summer workshop, please email info@seattlechinesegarden.org.


    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 !

    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 $250 to $675 based on the size of the brick and number of lines included.

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

    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.

    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.

    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!


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