Your Year-End Gift Will Bloom and Bloom
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
Chongqing-Nankai Girls Basketball Team Takes on Chief Sealth High School Saturday,
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
Friendship Wall Brick
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Save the Date for Soaring Dragon 2013:
Saturday, November 9 at the Brockey Center
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