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Seattle Chinese Garden

Seattle Chinese Garden

The second garden we visited was the new Seattle Chinese Garden. It is located right next to the South Seattle Community College Arboretum. Here is an explanation of a what composes a Chinese Garden from their self-guided tour brochure:

A Chinese Garden harmonizes nature (plants, trees, water, rocks) with culture (architecture and the arts) in a beautiful setting to be enjoyed in every season.

It opened in November 2010. The garden designers were from Seattle's sister city of Chongqing and the garden is Sichuan-style. There are two other major Chinese gardens in the Pacific Northwest. The wonderful Dr. SunYat-Sen Classic Chinese Garden in Vancouver BC and serene Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland. I love visiting the garden in Portland. It is located on a full city block surrounded by a wall. As you walk through the first moon gate, you are taken to a tranquil paradise where you can forget the city and contemplate peace.

The Seattle Chinese Garden is much more ambitious. It is located on 5 acres and at this point only two buildings have been completed. The main building has a lovely 'Knowing the Spring' courtyard but yet it is very stark. It was built as a gathering place and has space for functions and it is composed of the four main elements.

A second pavillion is located a short distance away. It has many more plants along with a pond and stream. There is so much work to be done. I look forward to seeing how the garden progresses over the years.

Seattle Chinese Garden
The Entrance

Seattle Chinese Garden
Knowing the Spring Courtyard

Seattle Chinese Garden
Stones to signify a mountain

Seattle Chinese Garden
Encircling corridor

Seattle Chinese Garden
Magnolia near the Pine and Plum Pavilion

Seattle Chinese Garden
The Pine and Plum Pavilion

Seattle Chinese Garden
The Main Gate


Comments (1)

YTSL:

It looks pretty nice -- and made for enjoyable strolling. :)

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