Amy Converse, Seattle Chinese Garden
Flowering plum trees are in blossom now at the Seattle Chinese Garden just north of the SSCC campus.

Spring has come a little early to Seattle's Chinese Garden

Eleven flowering plum trees (Prunus mume) are starting to bloom in the Welcome Garden, along the pathway to the Chinese Garden. One of China’s most beloved plants, Mei hua (梅花) has long inspired Chinese poets, painters, and gardeners for its delicate blooms and sweet scent.

Garden manager Amy Converse reports that several trees are starting to fill up with blossoms, while others should bloom over the next week or two. Through March the Garden is open on Saturdays from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. You can enjoy the plum blossoms even when the Garden is closed, and also visit to the adjacent arboretum at South Seattle Community College.

Admission to both gardens is free. Location: North Entrance at SSCC, 6000 16th Avenue SW. www.seattlechinesegarden.org

Chinese Garden Work Party: Sunday, March 24, 10 am to Noon
Come on out and help with weeding, planting, and possibly mulching as we get the Garden in shape for spring. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Stop by any time during the morning to lend a hand. Please bring gloves if you have them, and your water bottle or a beverage to keep yourself hydrated. Bonus: Enjoy early spring blooms!

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