Last week I went to Kubota Gardens which are located in the Rainier Valley area. It was a hot sunny day and flowers were out in force under the spring sky. This park is the creation of hard work from the Kubota family, as the website details:
This unique urban refuge displays over sixty years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family.In 1927 Fujitaro Kubota bought five acres of logged-off swampland in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle and began his garden. A 1907 emigrant from the Japanese Island of Shikoku, he established the Kubota Gardening Company in 1923. Fujitaro was a man with a dream. Entirely self-taught as a gardener, he wanted to display the beauty of the Northwest in a Japanese manner and was soon designing and installing gardens throughout the Seattle area.
It is definitely a beautiful garden and with a fun winding path that leads you towards new and interesting landscapes.
There are ponds and waterfalls throughout the park as well.
I think it would be great to go back with my sketchbook and a sack lunch and just enjoy the day in the gardens (which are free, by the way).