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

The Garden office and Knowing the Spring Courtyard will be closed on ​December 25 & 26, 2014 for Christmas and January 1 & 2, 2015 for New Year.

Garden Office Hours for December 2014
   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. 
    • 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 open for event / wedding rental. Click here for more details.
    • Check the website for any updates or special alerts. 

    The Garden of YES ! 

    Lets take down the chain link fence. Yes! Now, anyone can come for a stroll between dawn and dusk, including dog walkers. Lets free the giant carp from its crate. Absolutely! Now Dragon Seeker is a magnet for children and photographers. Create new bamboo groves and paths or design a tree peony garden with 400 plants of more than two dozen species? Of course! Round up our wonderful volunteers, prepare the soil, tend the plants and welcome 1,500 visitors to our peony festival last May.

    We hope you will say YES! by supporting the Garden with a year-end gift that will help bring continuing enhancements in 2015.  You may send a check to Seattle Chinese Garden, 6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle WA 98106 or donate online. Thank you!

    2015 events & programs in Seattle Chinese Garden
    • Mei Hua blossom viewing on February 28
    • Peony / Bamboo Festival on May 2-3
    • Two series of Chinese Corner classes in spring and fall
    • Kite Festival on August 1
    • Moon festival in September 
    • Soaring Dragon on October 24 

    To see more Soaring Dragon Celebration photos by Dan Driscoll, Click here Highlight photos by double clicking and then download by right clicking.

    Consul General Yuan Nansheng Visits Garden

    Consul General Yuan Nansheng, head of the PRC Consulate in San Francisco, dropped by the Garden for an informal visit on September 12. Garden vice president Jim Dawson showed him the site and described the master plan vision. Accompanying the Consul General were Ron Chow, president of Seattle Pacific Trading, and Consul Penghui Xu.

    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.


    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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