Seattle Chinese Garden’s visiting artisans tour West Seattle

The Seattle Chinese Garden Society – working to complete the garden here in West Seattle, the only one like it that’s not in China itself – are thrilled about the arrival of master Chinese artisans who will be working on its Knowing the Spring Courtyard. But it can’t be all work and no play if you’ve traveled thousands of miles to West Seattle – so, Sandy Marvinney of the SCGS explains (while also sharing two photos) how the artisans’ visit began:

The eighteen master Chinese artisans who arrived in town this past weekend didn’t expect to chat with a fisherman in their native language on their first sightseeing adventure, but that encounter got their Sunday tour off to a great start. At Jack Block Park, West Seattle resident Kin Kau Cheung caught a dogfish just as the group arrived, and after an animated exchange about his fishing skill, let them pose with his catch [top photo]. On their later stroll of the Alki boardwalk, the group met a Chinese family who spoke their regional Chinese dialect. They feel right at home in West Seattle!

The artisans will be here till late November to complete construction of the Seattle Chinese Garden’s first major courtyard. A free community welcome party is scheduled for Sunday, August 22, 1–4 pm at the Garden, with lion dance, entertainment, family activities, and site tours. The public also can watch the artisans at work and keep tabs on construction progress on docent-led tours. The Seattle Chinese Garden is at the north end of the South Seattle Community College campus.

For more information on events and courtyard construction, visit: and the Garden blog at:

The garden is on the South Seattle Community College campus on Puget Ridge.

9:04 AM UPDATE: One more photo from the artisans’ first West Seattle tour on Saturday – Patrick Dunn from the West Seattle Tool Library says they stopped there too (it’s also on the SSCC campus), and shares this photo:

He says they’ll be using tools from the Sustainable West Seattle-launched library as part of the project. (You can rent tools from the library too – check here for hours and details.)

5 Replies to "Seattle Chinese Garden's visiting artisans tour West Seattle"

  • Gunnar August 10, 2010 (8:26 am)

    There’s a Chinese garden in old town Portland that was constructed by Portland’s sister city in China. If you’re into Chinese gardens, you owe it to yourself to take a trip to PDX and tour the Lan Su Garden.

  • j August 10, 2010 (9:44 am)

    My friend had her wedding in the PDX garden and it is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what the garden as SSCC looks like when they are finished.

  • Chris August 10, 2010 (10:04 am)

    The garden is taking longer than building the Great Wall. Surprised something is actually happening at last. Good luck.

  • d August 10, 2010 (10:04 am)

    Oh, yay! I have been waiting for them to arrive! I can hardly wait to take one of the docent-led tours and watch. This really might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this!

    Really exciting!

  • sun*e August 11, 2010 (9:36 am)

    That’s wonderful! We toured the gardens @ SSCC during the WS Garden Garden Tour 2010 and we were very impressed… also loved their wine, too. I can hardly wait to see the Chinese Garden and take those wine classes next winter. SSCC is so cool! :cool:

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