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March News for the Seattle Chinese Garden 
The First-Ever Bamboo Festival in the Garden!
April 22 from 12 to 4:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the American Bamboo Society's Pacific Northwest Chapter
Our co-sponsor, American Bamboo Society's Pacific Northwest Chapter, will present workshops on various topics including types of bamboo, how to grow bamboo in your yard, and what you can build with bamboo. The society's national president James Clever and other experts will be on hand to answer your questions. The festival also features a bamboo plant sale, an auction of rare bamboo plants, and kid-friendly activities. More details and a schedule will be posted soon on the Garden's events webpage and Facebook page.  Mark your calendars and join the fun.
Traditional Ancient Chinese Tea Ceremony – Han Style

Mei---speech at Asian Museum-2 Mei Collier from Eight Cranes specializes in loose-leaf tea particularly in Chinese premium quality tea. She will perform a tea ceremony and talk at the Garden on March 24th from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in the Chan Education Center. Mei is inspired by her rich Chinese culture, the culture of tea philosophy, and by the sensory experience she attributes to her passion for tea. Mei travels often to China to find the best products and plantation grown teas for her company. 

She frequently speaks at the Asian Museum in Pasadena, and at many California universities. We are lucky to welcome Mei before she heads back to California, where she will conduct a tea ceremony for the Liu Fang Garden at the Huntington Library. 
Members $5, General public $7. 
Space is limited so please RSVP: or call 206-934-5219.
Read more on Mei Collier's website: Eight Cranes
Chinese Garden Stones,Scholar Stones, & Gongshi (Spirit Rocks)
at Marenakos in Preston, WA 

IMAG0357 2This event is free.
Friday, March 16th, from 10 am to 3:30 pm (includes free lunch), preregistration required.   
Two exceptional speakers: 
Harrison Moretz —  founder and director, Taoist Studies Institute (Seattle). He will bring examples from his collection of scholar's stones and talk about this tradition in China.  
Richard Hestekind —  stone sculptor, landscape designer, Gongshi and art enthusiast, he grew up in China and Japan. 
Please call 206-340-0081 to register.
Marenakos Home Page

Chinese Corner a Big Hit

IMG_2711 2Our co-sponsors, the Chinese Language Teachers Association Washington State (CLTA-WA) and the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington (CIWA) have done a marvelous job organizing the Garden's first Chinese Corner. More than 36 people joined the experienced teachers and seven Mandarin-speaking Chief Sealth high school students to  experience Chinese language and culture. Participants at the first two sessions, who ranged from 4-years old to sixty something, learned how to greet each other and ask  common questions. They also learned basic numbers, facts about China, and elements of a tea ceremony.  The energy and enthusiasm in the class was so palpable that 8-year old Cheri Tamlyn thought the first session was "the best lesson ever!"
Read about it in the West Seattle Blog!

This program has a waiting list but please let the Garden know if you want to participate in a second Chinese Corner. The current program runs on alternate Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm until May 24, but many have expressed interest in a weekend program.  
Explore Your Passion for
Chinese Culture
The Seattle Chinese Garden is recruiting volunteers for the next docent training program which begins on April 12th.  It's not too late to sign up.  We are looking for people who have a passion for Chinese culture and gardens (or are eager to learn more), enjoy interacting with people, and have good communication skills.

Volunteer Party

SCGVolunteers1Thanks to our departing interns Kana Ueda and Tina Teurn, who organized a great party for volunteers and supporters of the garden. To see more pictures please visit the BLOG.

Welcome to New Garden Intern and Staff

We  welcome new garden manager intern Amy Converse (above in yellow sweater with the new board treasurer Mark Wen and his sister Lijie), who graduates from the South Seattle Community College horticultural program in June. She will tend the garden, supervise work parties, and build up the volunteer base through August. The Garden appreciates the SSCC faculty's time and generosity in helping to create this new internship.

We also welcome our new bookkeeper, Joanne Cook,who took on the Garden books on March 2. We feel lucky to have the services of a retired CPA with more than 25 years' experience. Joanne recently returned from Kenya where she spent five years helping businesses and NGOs develop and maintain accounting and bookkeeping systems. We are grateful that outgoing bookkeeper Rose Sheppard will help with the transition process.

Garden Work Party this Sunday 
(March 18) from 12 to 2 pm. 
Meet-up at the Discovery Center. Email: 
if you have any questions.

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