Seattle’s Best Kept Secret – Kubota Garden

Today is sunny, the sky a heavy blue, the temperature a frigid 26 degrees;  a great day to visit Seattle’s relatively unknown Kubota Garden.

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Kubota Garden was the dream of master landscaper, Fujitaro Kubota who wanted to display the beauty of the Northwest in a Japanese style. Mr. Kubota, who immigrated to America in 1907, acquired the land to build his garden in 1927.

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It was already a designated historical landmark when the City of Seattle purchased it from the Kubota family in 1987. According to the City’s website, “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.’

Indeed. We wander alone through the park, save for one friendly walker who wishes us a happy new year, savoring the quiet and beauty of the trees and ponds and bridges and even the boulders left from the last glacier 12,000 years ago… .

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My favorite spot is Heart Bridge crossing Mapes Creek, which feeds many ponds in the area.  Here I take too many pictures and am not sorry at all.

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There are many other ponds in the park, this one frozen over….

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After our short, invigorating walk we head to the car but not without one more picture for the road…

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Then on to the nearby bookstore where over lattes, hot chocolate and pastries we plan our return this spring to see the garden in bloom and in color …

Happy New Year!  πŸ™‚

~ Susanne

6 Comments on “Seattle’s Best Kept Secret – Kubota Garden

  1. In the total of 17 years that we lived in Tacoma and Vashon Island, we missed a lot of enchanting places in the Seattle area, probably because Vic practiced there, and I associated it with traffic and crowds. Thank you for filling in so many gaps in my Seattle-area experience!

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    • Thank you Lauren. This one really is unknown to many. A hidden treasure in south Seattle this is only my second ever visit but I will definitely return! Glad you can join me online. πŸ™‚

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  2. I have always liked the Japanese style, probably why we ended up building a pogoda styled house!
    I wonder if there is any link between this Kubota and the well know mini tractor manufacturer?!

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    • Hmmm.. This Kubota had a landscape design business and did some other well known gardens in this area. Don’t know if there’s any connection to mini tractors but I dont think so..

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