Another West Seattle treasure gets ready for a new season

February 23, 2008 11:53 pm
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(photo by Jim Dawson)
The Seattle Chinese Garden at South Seattle Community College not only is getting ready to resume free tours (March 8 is the first one) and preparing to add a new feature, it’s getting ready to train a new crop of volunteers, with an intriguing training program:

Here’s the official announcement, including contact info:

The Seattle Chinese Garden Is Recruiting Docents to Lead Tours

The opening of Knowing the Spring Courtyard in summer 2008 will draw many more visitors to the Seattle Chinese Garden site. The Seattle Chinese Garden Society is now recruiting volunteers for a new docent and garden guide training program. Docents will give presentations about the Seattle Chinese Garden and lead tours of the new courtyard, the Song Mei Pavilion, and the garden site at South Seattle Community College (SSCC) in West Seattle. Garden guides assist the docents during tours and serve visitors in other capacities.

The two-part training program includes a Wednesday evening illustrated lecture series at SSCC (March 26 to May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 pm). Topics cover Chinese philosophy, art, literature, history, architecture, and horticulture as they relate to Chinese gardens. Trainees gain practice in public speaking, plant identification, and background on the Seattle Chinese Garden during a series of five workshops on alternate Saturdays (9:30 am to 2:30 pm), March 22, April 5 and 19, May 3 and 17.

More information and an application form are posted at:

To receive an information/application packet by mail, please call Melanie at 206-282-8040 or email The registration deadline is March 14.

The Seattle Chinese Garden Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a traditional, 4.5-acre garden of pavilions, courtyards, flowing waters and tranquil ponds, rockery, and greenery. The garden has been designed in collaboration with Seattle’s sister city of Chongqing in Southwest China. From April through July, a team of artisans from China will assemble Knowing the Spring Courtyard. For membership, special events, and guided tour information call 206-282-8040 or visit

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