Guests of the Garden" - This stone with beautiful Chinese calligraphy
greeted visitors today at the Seattle Chinese Garden and was translated
for me by three young women visiting from China. I was in West Seattle to sketch
with Seattle Urban Sketchers at the monthly outing on April 19. Our balmy
spring weather was back (67°
F!), but with a bit of a nip in the breeze.
didn't get very far down the sidewalk towards the garden, since the view of
the south facing wall was dappled with springtime light and shadow. It
was a dramatic introduction which stopped me in my tracks.
|Friend and fellow sketcher, Kate found the perfect rock to start her first sketch.|
|"The humble gate" decorates the entrance on the sunny south wall of the garden. Sketch by M. Cooper|
|Pat, Jane and Kate find the rocks, courtyard, and sculpture completely in harmony with nature.|
More than two dozen varieties of tree peonies and
peonies donated from Luoyang, China, were planted by volunteers in 2012.
It is hoped that these 400 peony rootstock will create the largest
public peony garden on the West
Coast. Although the early spring weather has caused many to bloom
already, Dewey (a volunteer and tour guide) says that there are still
some that haven't bloomed yet. They will be ready to view next weekend
at the Peony and Bamboo Festival. There will be a lion dance at 11 am on
Saturday, April 25.
I stood on the sidewalk on the way out and wrote the "Welcome Friends" Chinese Calligraphy.
I put a few finishing touches to my two sketch spreads. To see them, please visit my Flickr Photostream.
|On this page, I wanted to explore the Yin Yang aspect of the garden.|
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