Collaboration in Civic Spheres

This Is Your Land: The Kubota Garden, Seattle

by Matt Rosenberg October 9th, 2012

Perhaps the most unique of the City of Seattle’s parks is The Kubota Garden. From the page for The Kubota Garden at the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department’s web site: “Hidden in South Seattle, Kubota Garden is a stunning 20 acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. The city acquired the property…an historic landmark, in 1987 from the estate of master landscaper Fujitaro Kubota. Kubota was a horticultural pioneer when he began merging Japanese design techniques with North American materials in his display garden in 1927. The Gardens are a spectacular setting of hills and valleys, interlaced with streams, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, and rock out-croppings with a rich array of plant material.”

I had a chance to visit the garden for the first time, a few days ago. Following are some photos. If you live in or are visiting Seattle, don’t miss this place.

Visitors explore a reflecting pond at The Kubota Garden, in Southeast Seattle/Matt Rosenberg

Many of the smaller trees are are strikingly ornate/Matt Rosenberg

An extended family photo shoot/Matt Rosenberg

For more information on how to volunteer or support The Kubota Garden, contact The Kubota Garden Foundation.

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