Seattle is known as a green city with many beautiful big and small parks and viewpoints within the city (see my article on Discovery Park, and other spotters’ articles on Carkeek Park and Green Lake, to name a few). Occasionally, a friend will recommend a special green spot I haven’t yet seen, and such a place is the Kubota Garden, which I finally visited in the fall of 2017 to experience the spectacular Northwest foliage.
A stunning twenty acres of hills and valleys, the Kubota Garden features streams, waterfalls, ponds, quaint red wooden Japanese bridges, rock outcroppings, and an exceptionally rich collection of plants and trees. It is a great place for a stroll, and there are plenty of benches, stone settings, and similar spots to sit and enjoy a quiet solitary moment of contemplation or a chat with a dear friend.
The garden was founded in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, who bought five acres of logged-off swampland in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood with a vision of turning it into a display of the beauty of the Northwest in a Japanese manner. In time he added on to the property, which was designated a Historical Landmark of the City of Seattle in 1981. It was acquired by the City of Seattle and opened to the public in 1987.
It will take you a while to get there, about ½ hour by car from downtown Seattle, and maybe that’s why it boasts to be “Seattle’s hidden treasure”. But rest assured, it is way worth the trip!