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“Kubota Gardens: Seattle's Hidden Treasure”
Review of Kubota Garden

Kubota Garden
Ranked #41 of 457 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Kubota Garden is a 20-acre American-Japanese garden that was the vision of Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota when he purchased the first 5-acres of logged off swampland in 1927. The garden grew to 20-acres and was developed concurrent with Kubota's landscaping business. He returned to the garden and continued its development after being incarcerated during WWII. In 1981, the 4.5 acre core was designated a Historic Landmark, and the City of Seattle purchased the garden from the Kubota family in 1987. The garden is an urban oasis, criss-crossed with streams and paths, ponds and waterfalls, rich with flora and fauna and a popular destination year-round. The garden is maintained by the City, and supported by the Kubota Garden Foundation.
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Kubota Gardens park is not on any beaten path. You have to make an effort to arrive at the 20 acres treasure. Because Kubota Gardens is part of Seattle's parks, there is no entrance fee. The gardens carry the Japanese sensibility throughout with graceful curving paths, water features. Rhododendrons and azelias abound making spring a perfect season to visit. Kubota Gardens. You can have your on-leash dog with you for this visit. You can bring a picnic. PHotographers will love Kubota Gardens.

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Reviewed 16 May 2012

Off the beaten track but well worth the trip if you have a couple of hours to kill. And it's free!

Thank Hamid K
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

Why pay to visit the Japanese gardens in the Arboretum when you can spend a day wandering the grounds of a former landscaper's life-work: The garden surrounding the home where he raised his family. Donated to the city of Seattle, Kubota Gardens is tucked away in Seattle's south end and requires a little bit of effort to track down, but the search is worthwhile. Take a lazy walk up the hill representing Kubota's village in Japan, passing quaint bridges spanning a creek that crosses the property, up to the top where a hidden lookout awaits, giving up amazing views of the landscaping below.

Drop a couple of bucks in the donation bucket on the way out.

Thank SeattleRafael
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

So many gardens these days require an entrance fee, but not Kubota Gardens. We went in the fall (beautiful leaves!) and look forward to checking it out again, now that the weather is so lovely. It's a beautiful place to stroll, with separate areas that each feel uniquely distinct in character. Very peaceful!

Thank ArizonaPuraVida
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

such a pretty garden. nice to just take a scroll with your camera on a laid back kinda day

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