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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ishi-gaki at Kubota Gardens

While we visited Kubota Gardens for the stonework, I also took the opportunity to wander through the garden. I always enjoy Kubota garden because its intimate paths and spaces always give me the sense of discovering something new.

This time through, I was entranced by a small clearing dominated by a stone retaining wall and a row of towering blue spruce. Visitors mostly entered the space through a small two post gate.

I particularly enjoyed the composition of the gravel clearing surrounded by neatly trimmed shrubs and hedges transitioning into the more wild landscape beyond. This is the sort of balance between detail and generality that makes Japanese gardens so unique.

I was also amazed to discover that this clearing was mere feet from the front entrance. It is amazing how a great garden can surprise you every time you visit it.

If you get the opportunity, I would encourage you to visit Kubota Gardens before August 20th and admire the construction work. It is a truly unique experience that will only be in Seattle for a limited time.

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