Summer Hours: April 1 through October 31
Wednesdays through Sundays
11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Winter Hours: November 1 through March 31
Saturdays only, 11:30 am to 3:30
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 Visitor Center 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 Visitor Center also offers information about Chinese gardens, photos and a video of courtyard construction, displays, and a small gift shop.
Due to the design of the Courtyard - new plants, pristine white walls, mosaic pavers - no pets are allowed in the Chinese Garden.
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 Schedule (April to October)
We offer free guided tours on Saturdays at 1 pm.
From April to October the guided tour begins in the Visitor Center and lasts approximately 1 hour. Registration is not necessary. To arrange a private group tour during Garden hours, please call 206-934-5219 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drive into the north entrance to South Seattle Community College (6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, 98106). There is small yellow parking kiosk immediately after the gatehouse. The college parking fee is $2 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.