Kubota Garden is a peaceful break from the city
Boy, did I need a visit to Kubota Garden on Tuesday.
- I was cranky, plus my kid — out of daycare for the week — was crawling all over me and wouldn't let me work.
Yes, but: After just a few minutes in the 20-acre landscape, I began to forget about what had been bothering me earlier.
- That's the effect of the place: You can't visit without absorbing some of its tranquility.
The spot: The Japanese-style garden, tucked away in Rainier Beach, was built by a master landscaper, Fujitaro Kubota, who merged Northwest elements with traditional Japanese designs.
- The property was later purchased by Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Don't miss: I accidentally got lost, twice, during my first visit to the garden — something I highly recommend.
- My toddler and I ended up climbing up and around the garden's largest waterfall, which feels like a city-sized version of taking a hike in the mountains.
- The care that goes into maintaining the property is obvious. Even in summer, when little is in bloom, the variety of plants and trees provides a colorful show.
Details: The garden is free to visit and located at 9817 55th Avenue South.
- Leashed dogs are allowed, and it's toddler friendly (as long as you keep your entourage on the main trails and don't trample the plants).
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