Today the sky is gray and heavy with clouds that might leak any minute. That will be the pattern now for days to come. But last Tuesday we knew we were to be blessed with one last beautiful day, and we knew where we needed to go to celebrate that special day.
You have been there before with me through my photo tours, and I stated before leaving that I would limit my photos this year. I couldn't. There will be several installments, and after this first one, not much text to read.
Kubota Garden was the legacy of Fujitaro Kubota, a Japanese emigrant who in 1927 bought 20 acres of swampland in the Rainier Valley in South Seattle. There he established his nursery and landscape business and became a well known designer of Japanese gardens. He also began to create his own garden on the property. Abandoned for four years during the family's internment in Idaho in the 1940's, he reestablished his garden and business with his sons after the war and maintained it until his death in 1973. In 1987 the property was sold to the City of Seattle and with the support of the Kubota Garden Foundation the garden is now maintained as a public garden. Over the years property has been added and a northwest style has been added to the bones of the Japanese garden that Fujituro Kubota began. The result is a true gem, a beautiful city treasure especially exquisite in October.
There are many wonderful trees and shrubs in the garden, but of course in October the Japanese maples are the stars of the show.
The ponds are all original to the garden. This one has Koi in it.
There were a lot of people in the garden on Tuesday, and a lot of photographers with big fancy cameras. I, with my iPhone, managed to get most of my photos without people in them. It took a bit of patience.
More to come.