Kubota Garden

Whenever I find myself at Kubota Garden, I wonder why I don’t go more often. It’s a bit of a hike down to Rainier Valley, but it’s so worth it. It’s everything a Japanese garden should be – meandering paths, hidden ponds, expertly balanced forms and colors, stunning vistas – and a sense of seclusion in the middle of civilization. I think it’s far nicer than the Arboretum’s Japanese garden, and it’s free.

The garden was founded in 1927 by Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota who grew it to 20 acres and tended it until his death in 1973 at the age of 94. It is now owned by the City of Seattle and protected as a historical landmark. You can read a brief history of the garden here.

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