A family visits Lan Su Chinese Garden

Nine Free Days

Lan Su Chinese Garden will offer a free admission for each donation of a non-perishable food item, from Saturday, December 9 through Sunday, December 17, 2017. (General admission is regularly $10.)

Most Needed Items:

  • Shelf-stable milk
  • Foods high in protein: canned meats like tuna, chicken, or salmon, canned or dried beans
  • Foods high in nutrients: canned fruits and vegetable (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced sugar)
  • Whole-grain foods: brown rice, whole grain cereal and whole-wheat pasta
  • Soups, chilies and stews (preferably with reduced sodium and reduced fat)
  • 100% fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
  • Unsaturated cooking oils
  • Other nutritious foods (preferably with reduced fat, sodium and sugar)


Nine Free Days Pop-Up Shop

During Lan Su's Nine Free Days, the Garden Shop overflows into the Hall of Brocade Clouds with a dazzling display of unique items to fit all of your holiday shopping needs. Featuring a selection of kid-friendly items, locally made mooncakes, visually stunning paper goods and books, and more—the Garden Shop's Holiday Pop-up Shop is the perfect place to find the perfect gift. 


About the Number Nine

In China, the character for nine sounds similar to the character meaning “long-lasting.” It is thought that the number nine brings relaxation and ease. Number nine is also the highest single digit number and therefore stands for eternity and completeness. Many emperors like the number nine because of this and it therefore can be seen throughout the Forbidden City.


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Plant Guide

Discover what's currently in bloom at Lan Su by picking up a copy of Lan Su's most recent Bloom Guide at the door or download your copy now. Featuring 16 of the most fragrant or most beautiful plants in the garden, the Plant Guide is your window into Lan Su's horticultural landscape.

Plant Guides by Season:

Summer Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 542 KB) »

Fall Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 537 KB) »

Winter Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 515 KB) »

Spring Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 973 KB) »

Spring/Summer Plant Guide — Download your copy now (PDF, 1.12 MB) »

Is the Garden Wheelchair Accessible?

Lan Su has a wheelchair accessible route that travels throughout the garden. Almost every area of the garden can be accessed by those using mobility devices, and benches are available throughout the garden. The garden does not provide wheelchairs, but you are welcome to bring your own. Restrooms are also fully accessible, and an elevator in the Teahouse allows patrons with limited mobility to access both first and second floor seating areas.  

Download the disabled access map (PDF, 165KB) »