The landscape of Kubota Garden looks at once completely, utterly natural and laden with purpose—perhaps the ultimate achievement of its designer's 50 years of care

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Best In-City Escape: South Seattle

Kubota Garden

The landscape of Kubota Garden looks at once completely, utterly natural and laden with purpose—perhaps the ultimate achievement of its designer's 50 years of care and planning. Japanese immigrant Fujitaro Kubota bought the garden's original 5-acre parcel in the 1920s, tending it and expanding it over his lifetime to encompass 20 acres. The foliage now seems to flow like water, colors popping in childlike sprays. You don't need to understand the deep-rooted philosophy behind the design of each vignette; the garden conveys it with the ease of a smile. When you're feeling frustrated or angry, get yourself to the stroll garden in the northern part of the park and marvel at the smallness of you amid the grandness of the diminutive grove. A bigger marvel still: All this exists in a former swamp off exit 158 south of Boeing Field.—Maggie Savarino

 
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