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Address: 9817 55th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118
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Kubota Garden is a 20-acre American-Japanese garden that was the vision of...

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.

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Amazing - Height of Fall colors

What a great place. Beautiful landscaping with both Native northwest plants and exotics. It is in much better shape than it used to be, with a new terrace and landscaping.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

What a great place. Beautiful landscaping with both Native northwest plants and exotics. It is in much better shape than it used to be, with a new terrace and landscaping.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Autumn splendor was at its peak here. Quiet, out of the way garden, but a real gem to explore. The gazebo above the pond is a nice place to sit and ponder the beauty. Plenty of paths to explore, nice Japanese lanterns throughout the environs. Must be beautiful in the Spring when the rhododendrons are blooming!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We're big garden people and had heard a lot of good things about this one. We had great weather for our visit, and were able to make it through in about an hour...and that's despite going around in circles a few times because the map we had for the paths was very confusing. It seemed like they only listed a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This garden has beautiful fall colors. 1 hour is enough for the visit. The trail is kids friendly. It is free of charge. The only restroom is located near the entrance. Parking is hard to find if you are planning a trip on weekends

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We had a very good tour guide who showed us this little known garden. A nice place to relax and meditate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is an amazing park that is not on most people's "radar" I think it is very peaceful and has a wide range of plants that are in bloom throughout the year. I would plan on visiting during a dry time, because the trails and paths can be muddy after a rain. Interesting history of the park, and a great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Drove about 20 minutes from Seattle downtown here. It was an easy drive and definitely worth the visit. It's very peaceful and quiet - a great way to walk around and take a few pictures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We walked through the garden last Sunday on a sunny and crisp day. I believe because of the recent press it received in the newspaper, the crowd was up, but by no means crowded. It is a well maintained park full of lovely plants, paths, and water!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

One of the prettiest parks I have ever visited. Not at all what I expected when I pulled into the parking lot, but once I was inside this FREE garden it is amazing. I recommend that you just start walking down the hill and visit as many areas as you can. The bridges and waterfalls alone are worth the trip,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I love Asian gardens and this is not to be missed. It's mostly mature plantings although there's evidence of continued updating. The trees were outstanding from wherever I stood. Someone with superb skill planned this free, no charge to enter, experience.

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