Seattle Chinese Garden Society 


Our traditional Chinese garden, still in development, is an active cultural, educational, and horticultural asset to the community. The garden enhances the environment and expands the city's open park spaces. A new addition in 2014 is the Luoyang Tree Peony Garden, with more than 400 plants of two dozen species. It is the largest public tree peony garden on the West Coast and is drawing great interest throughout the region.

Perched on the ridge of the Delridge neighborhood in West Seattle, the Garden and its mission complement the goals of the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association: inclusiveness, access to art, providing a gathering place, and expanding and preserving open space for its diverse population, including low and moderate income residents. Many neighbors in West Seattle visit the garden regularly, and it draws visitors from all over Seattle and the region, and from abroad.

Mission Statement
The Seattle Chinese Garden (SCG) is a beautiful "coming together space" for the community and for people and organizations interested in China and its cultural and horticultural and heritage. The Garden also enhances appreciation for the contributions to our region by our citizens of Chinese and Asian heritage.
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Seattle Chinese Garden Society
6000 16th Ave SW 
(206) 934-5219 

Katie Yuen 
Office Coordinator 


Seattle Chinese Garden Society Programs

The Garden is a magnet drawing in Seattle's residents to learn more about their Pacific Rim neighbors and increasing cross-cultural understanding through educational and cultural programs. Since Seattle's early ties with contemporary China, formally through the Washington State China Relations Council in 1979, Seattle and Washington State have played a leading role in establishing and expanding US-China relations through business, trade, cultural, and educational initiatives. The SCG is an embodiment of the 33 years of trust, respect, and close collaboration between Washington State and China, including Sichuan Province, and between the sister cities of Seattle and Chongqing. It reflects the beauty of a Sichuan-style Chinese Garden, the only one of its kind outside of China. It engages local, regional, and international visitors in the richness of Chinese culture and enhance Seattle's important position on the Pacific Rim. It is a center for fostering friendships, understanding, and economic partnerships that will benefit the entire region for future generations. 

Docent Tour Program
Seattle Chinese Garden Society has a dozen trained docents who, with advance arrangements and scheduling, lead tours for groups of ten or more. The tour presentation covers the significance of gardens in Chinese culture and the particular characteristics of Sichuan gardens. Visitors will see Knowing the Spring Courtyard, the Pine and Plum Pavilion, and learn about the vision and plans for the full 4.6-acre garden. Future pavilions include a tea house on a lotus pond, a four-story viewing pavilion, and a large Gathering Together Hall for programs, exhibits, banquets, and community events.

Educational, Cultural, and Horticultural Programs
Educational and cultural programs, many in partnership with other community organizations, include spring and fall classes to learn basic Mandarin language phrases through "Chinese corner" sessions for students of all ages and backgrounds. Other programs include photography workshops led by a professional photographers and periodic programs with speakers presenting on topics of interest related to traditional or contemporary China. Major annual events include a spring Peony and Bamboo Festival and a Kite Festival in August.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Our 2015 Peony and Bamboo Festival, April 25-26, drew nearly 1,800 people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the greater Puget Sound region. Family friendly cultural activities included a lion dance and martial arts performance, demonstrations of traditional Chinese painting, and bamboo flute music in the courtyard. Gardeners had the opportunity to purchase potted Luoyang tree peonies and unusual varieties of bamboo from specialty growers in Washington and Oregon. Educational talks and demonstrations covered care of peonies and bamboo, and the importance of peonies in Chinese culture. The event also featured art and craft vendors and delicious Chinese food.

The Garden is welcoming thousands of visitors from all over the region, including members of garden clubs and community groups, school classes, our neighbors in West Seattle, and from the Chinatown/International District. Goals for 2015 and beyond are to expand cultural and educational programs and workshops on a variety of topics to better serve the needs of people interested in gardens and China in general. Another goal is to continually enhance the garden site with expanded plantings. Both funding and volunteer support are needed to fulfill both goals.

Garden leaders are now laying the preparatory groundwork for a capital campaign for further construction. We encourage support from individuals, corporations, private foundations, and government. We also welcome volunteers of all interests and skills who would like to become engaged with our mission and help the Garden grow!


The Seattle Chinese Garden Society is partnering with Seattle’s sister city Chongqing to create a garden at the north end of the South Seattle Community College campus.

Proven Success
In an effort to make Chinese art, architecture, heritage and horticulture more accessible they are constructing a garden. They have been collaborating with the Municipality of Chongqing for more than 25 years on the design, building, and planting of the Garden and have renewed commitment to complete the entire Garden within five years.

In 2010 they completed the Knowing the Spring courtyard and it is now open to the public. They hosted 21 artisans from China to complete the traditional stone and wood elements in the garden.

Continuity of funding and maintaining adequate staffing levels has been challenging for this project. They rely heavily on volunteers. This year they are attempting to recruit qualified staff to ramp up capital campaign fundraising as they seek to raise $20 - $30 million to build the remainder of the garden.

Financial Health
The Garden currently is being supported by individual donors, foundations, government and corporations. Completion of the first courtyard was delayed from 2008 to 2010 in order to raise the $1 million required to complete the construction. With the opening of the Garden they are hoping to use the space to raise revenue from diverse sources (admissions, memberships, lectures, and events). Based on an agreement with the City of Seattle residents receive free admission to the Garden for 5 years.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

3/10/2008 $25,000.00support construction of Knowing the Spring Courtyard.


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