Monday, September 8, 2008

The Seattle Chinese Garden Offers Monthly Tours

Seattle, WA-The Seattle Chinese Garden at South Seattle Community College will offer free, guided tours the second Saturday of every month, March-October; the next tour will be on Saturday, September 13, 2008.

Tours begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Chan Education Center at South Seattle Community College (6000 16th Avenue SW, north parking lot entrance) with a slide presentation and discussion of the significance of gardens in Chinese culture. The tour then moves outside to the garden site where construction is underway for Knowing the Spring Courtyard and to Song Mei Pavilion, where tour guides discuss the construction of the pavilion and demonstration garden, describe the plans for the six-acre garden and point out the wide variety of plants on display.

These public tours last approximately 1½ hours, and no reservation is necessary. Groups of ten or more can arrange a private tour with two weeks advance notice. For additional information or to arrange a group tour, call (206) 282-8040.

The Song Mei Pavilion was designed and fabricated in Seattle’s sister city, Chongqing, China, and assembled on-site by a team of Chinese artisans. This authentic Chinese pavilion is the first of many planned structures in the Sichuan-style Seattle Chinese Garden. For membership, special event and guided tour information, call (206) 282-8040 or visit http://www.seattlechinesegarden.org/

Contact: XiaoHui Luo (Shao)
phone: 206-282-8040
e-mail: xiao@seattlechinesegarden.org

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