The garden was started by Fujituro Kubota, who emigrated from Japan in 1907, bought 5 acres of swampland, and started a garden design company. In 1930 he added 30 acres and used the property for his home, office and nursery. Here he created a Japanese garden with waterfalls and pools and an extensive arboretum.
In 1987 the property was purchased by the City of Seattle. Over the years, and most dramatically in the last ten years, the garden has been cared for and groomed and improved to the stunning jewel that it is today. But it is the plants and the pools and the design of Kubota that still enchant visitors.
It was raining lightly as we gathered together to start our self-guided tour. We had set the date expecting the azaleas and rhododendrons to be in full bloom, but our early spring caused many shrubs to be past bloom. That didn't prevent us from loving all that we saw, and seeking out every trail so we wouldn't miss anything.
Here we go. We'll start at the new garden gate.
This viewing pavilion is brand new. We thought it and the surrounding area would make a great wedding or other event venue. It overlooks this pond.
Looking up at the pavilion from down at pond level.
A shrub new to all of us, a Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginicus.
A duck and a koi - wildlife!
Irene was with us. She tried out all of the bridges.
Even with all of these photos, I didn't begin to cover all of the magic of this place. It is just about 20 minutes from us. I don't know why we are not visiting it at least once every season. We have been here in the fall -wow! All those Japanese maples colored up.
Anyway, if you live anywhere near this area, you must visit Kubota Garden!