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December 2012
Your Year-End Gift Will Bloom and Bloom

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See the impact of your support when we put in our peony garden and expanded landscaping in the Welcome Garden and elsewhere. Donations also will help fund our staff so we can keep all our plants and programs thriving year-round.
Thank you!  


Family Event!

Chongqing-Nankai Girls Basketball Team Takes on Chief Sealth High School

January 12
6:30 pm – Pregame
7:00 pm – Tip-off
Half-time Lion Dance

  The Nankai school team visits Chief Sealth for the first athletic exchange in the 10-year sister school relationship. Go girls! Be sure to mark your calendar for the fun and friendly rivalry. The Nankai team is one of the top girls high school teams in China. Mayor Mike McGinn shot hoops during the Seattle delegation to Chongqing last March and sparked the invitation to visit Seattle. Mayor McGinn will participate in the pregame program.

Tickets are cash-only at the door, with proceeds supporting the CSIHS girl's basketball program and the Seattle-Chongqing student exchange program.

Doors and concessions open at 6 pm.

Tickets: $7 adult,

$5 student. Children age 6 and younger, with an adult, are free.

Chief Sealth High School

2600 SW Thistle Street

West Seattle

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Friendship Wall Brick

Honor family or friends by ordering a green granite brick with names inscribed in gold lettering. Year after year, the spirit of this gift endures and your family or friends will take pleasure in their link to the Garden. After you order, you may email the Garden
to request an 8.5 x 11 image of the Friendship Wall to be emailed to you for presentation to your honoree(s). Click the link for more information.


Garden Membership
Does a friend or family member love gardens or admire Chinese cultural traditions? Garden membership would be a perfect gift, with benefits including the monthly e-newsletter, announcements of special events, and member discounts for programs and the gift shop. If you wish to present your gift with an 8.5 x 11 image of the Garden, please email the Garden and we will send the photo to you.

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Special Delivery from China
"The King of Flowers"

     Skies were gray but smiles wide when a shipment of 232 tree peony rootstocks arrived at the Garden on November 17. They came all the way from Luoyang, China’s “peony capital” since the Tang Dynasty, where nurseries cultivate thousands of varieties and huge gardens draw millions of visitors to the annual peony festival each April. The rootstocks of 19 varieties, most tipped with promising buds, will be the genesis for our future peony garden and annual festival, which should delight peony lovers from around the region. 
    “This beautiful flower will be a bridge connecting Seattle and Luoyang and will lead to cultural exchanges too,” said Jiang Jiqiao, a businessman from Luoyang and catalyst for the creation of our peony garden. “Peonies symbolize elegance and prosperity, so we hope they will increase prosperity for both our cities.”
    Community friends who collaborated with Mr. Jiang on the project are Kirkland-based businessman Kirk Chia and Scott Heinlein, president-elect of the Seattle-Chongqing Sister City Association. In cooperation with Garden leaders they developed a plan for a Luoyang Peony Garden in Seattle, further facilitated by an exchange of letters between Mayor McGinn and the mayor of Luoyang.

Photo, left to right: Kirk Chia of Edmonds; Jiang Jiqiao of Luoyang; Phil Wood, chair of the Garden’s Horticulture Committee; and committee member and horticulturist Riz Reyes.

Peony Baggers

Peony WP-Chia-Drago-crp2-1201212-300-SM-IMG_3104 At a work party on December 4, a dozen Garden volunteers transferred the rootstocks to grow bags to nurture them until planting. “Tree peonies are an iconic landscape plant,” said Riz Reyes, a professional horticulturist and long-time SCG volunteer. “We will develop a garden for the peonies that recreates their natural environment of rocky slopes. It will take several years to mature, but we hope to see some first blooms this spring.”
Photo: Kirk Chia and long-time Garden advocate Jan Drago fill grow bags with soil at the December 4 work party.
Check the BLOG for more photos and stories.

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High Spirits at Soaring Dragon Gala

    A dragon and two lions dancing to rousing drums and gongs led more than 125 guests to their tables to start off our festive benefit dinner on Saturday, November 10. Auctioneer Kip Toner kept the energy flowing through a brief live auction and raise the paddle. Generous friends boosted the Garden treasury by more than $53,000 for site enhancements and cultural and educational programs in 2013. Benjamin Lee, the gala’s honorary chair, earned our applause for his enthusiasm and support.
    Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and SCG vice president Jim Dawson presented awards to long-time benefactor Stella Chien and to Ilze Jones, principal at Jones & Jones Architecture and designer of the Seattle Garden for the Chongqing International Garden Expo.
    We extend special thanks to The Boeing Company, our lead corporate sponsor, and to patron sponsors — Hong Kong Association of Washington and the Furuta Lee Foundation. The Brockey Center earned kudos for the delightful venue and excellent food. The story and more photos are on the BLOG.
Photo from left: SCG president Jon Geiger, Chien, Jones, Smith, Dawson, and emcee Mark Wen. As SCG treasurer, Mark was delighted to preside over such a successful event.

Save the Date for Soaring Dragon 2013:
Saturday, November 9 at the Brockey Center

Winter Hours
We may be adjusting open days/hours, so please check the website for updates before you visit.

Seattle Chinese Garden
6000 16th Ave SW Seattle, WA 98106 
Phone 206-934-5219 Fax 206-934-5213 

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Seattle, Washington 98106

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