Historic “Seike Garden” Video Premieres On Burien TV Tonight At 7pm

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Courtesy Michael Lafreniere of Burien Parks:

Seike GardenA video about the historic “Seike Garden” is scheduled to play tonight (Thursday 2/7) at 7pm on Burien TV.

Repeats will play as follows:

  • Friday 2/8/08 11:00AM
  • Saturday 2/9/08 6:00PM
  • Tuesday 2/12/08 3:00PM

After 2/12, it will be scheduled weekly through March.

The Seike Japanese Garden was previously located at the former site of the Des Moines Way Nursery in the City of SeaTac. In danger of being sold due the expansion of SeaTac Airport, the garden was saved by four different governments and the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation.

The Garden was built in 1961 by the Seike Family as a memorial to their brother and to capitalize on their proximity to Seattle’s 1962 Worlds Fair. The family hired Shintaro Okada, a garden designer from Hiroshima, to assist with planning and construction. Mr. Okada arrived in December of 1960, and construction started in January of 1961.

Construction was complete by June, and a gala opening was held on June 25 to promote the garden. A twenty-five cent admission fee was collected to benefit Children’s Hospital, and anyone wearing a kimono was admitted free. Garden club tours were available by appointment, and the garden was opened to the public several times a year until about 1973.

More about the Seike Garden here.

More B-Town Video listings available here.

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