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October 2012 Newsletter
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Call for Volunteers! 

Dragons encourage participation, and so does the Garden. We have many diverse volunteer opportunities in the weeks leading up to November 10 and on the day of the event. They include helping with promo and reservations, setting up décor, greeting guests, bid spotting during the live auction, selling raffle tickets, helping with AV, and much more. To volunteer, please contact Julia Freimund, for more information.

Amy Converse Joins Staff as Garden Manager

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Garden board and staff were thrilled to welcome Amy to the staff on October 1. Amy recently earned her AA degree in landscape horticulture from South Seattle Community College, which involved an internship at the Garden from February through August. 

Amy transitioned from a career in the business sector to pursue her passion for plants and gardens. 

Future Kung Fu Master?

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To the delight of parents and visitors, Sifu David Leong coached several youngsters at the September 15 demonstration by Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness.

Come Fly with Us at the Soaring Dragon Celebration 

Saturday, November 10, 6 to 9 pm
Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College

In legend, Chinese dragons symbolize strength, vitality, excellence, beneficence, and good fortune. Dragons soar among the clouds and bring rain to nurture the earth. As the Year of the Water Dragon nears a close, share in this wonderful energy at the Soaring Dragon Celebration. Join with Garden friends for a festive evening of fine food, entertainment, and spirited bidding at a brief live auction. Shower a little beneficence on the Garden and luck could shine on you in the raffle. Take wing with the dragon and see the vision bloom. 

Special thanks to our lead corporate sponsor, 
The Boeing Company. Let's Fly!
Celebration details at:

Courtyard and Croissants

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Images of the Garden
A Feast for Your Senses at Bakery Nouveau
October 8 - 31

"Images of the Seattle Chinese Garden" is a juried show by ten talented photographers. They participated in an August workshop at the Garden led by Ray Pfortner. Meet the photographers at Bakery Nouveau on October 11 from 6 to 8 pm, coinciding with the monthly West Seattle Art Walk. Ooh and ahh over the photos while inhaling the aroma of yummy French pastries and café au lait. Treat yourself, of course! (4737 California Ave. SW
Link to Blog for more info.
Many Hands Tend the Garden 

All Hail to the volunteers who bring their gloves, enthusiasm, and sometimes their own tools to the Garden on the third Sunday of the month. They weed, trim, weed, transplant, mulch, water, weed (the weeds must be overdosing on growth hormones in the dark of night) … and so keep the Garden looking fit for visitors. Others, like garden board member and “Mr. Fix It” Allan Chinn come more often to take on projects like repairing the broken pond pump at Pine and Plum Pavilion (the water qi flows again). “We love our volunteers!” says garden manager Amy Converse. “We couldn’t keep up with maintenance without them. We can always use more volunteers. Come on out.” See more volunteer photos and the evidence of their work on the blog. 
Next Garden Work Party: Sunday, October 21, 10 am to noon; drop in at any time. All ages and skills welcome.  
Thank you to recent horticulture funders and in-kind donors 

West Seattle Garden Tour has made several generous donations in recent years to fund plantings in the forecourt, on the hillside around the Friendship Wall, below the Waterside Pavilion, and along the pathway leading to Pine and Plum Pavilion. Its 2012 award of $5,000 will add ornamental plants native to China to the Welcome Garden along the entrance walkway. 
Hendrikus Organics, in Issaquah, has donated its Organobloom and HuMagic products to condition and enrich the soil in several areas of the Garden. 
Sawdust Supply, in Seattle, donated 30 cubic yards of compost, which have been used in the Welcome Garden, the beds in front of the Visitor Center, and other locations. 

“We greatly appreciate support from friends in the horticulture community. They are helping us become the garden of our dreams,” says Phil Wood, chair of the Horticulture Committee. 

Seattle Chinese Garden brings back the popular Chinese Corner. The six sessions begin October 15. Just like last year, we are filled to capacity with a waiting list. Check out the recap of our first corner on our Blog, or read more about it in the West Seattle Blog.

More photos and stories on these topics coming soon on the blog.

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