Dog-Friendly Kubota Garden in Seattle
Zen and dogs usually do not go together. The Japanese Garden in Portland bans pets as does the Seattle Japanese Garden. However the Kubota Garden in Seattle allows dogs as long as they are leashed and you clean up after them. It is also open year-round during daylight hours and free.
The 20-acre garden is owned by the City of Seattle which bought it from the Kubota family in 1987. It was founded in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, a self-taught gardener and immigrant from the Japanese island of Shikoku. The gardens on the Seattle University campus and the Japanese Garden at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island are also his work.
The garden is less manicured and more “wild” than the Japanese gardens I am accustomed to seeing. Which makes a lovely place to bring dogs without worrying that they’re going to wreck something perfectly landscaped. The garden’s casual atmosphere also lends itself to a variety of activities.
There was a group practicing martial arts and a big wedding party that arrived in a Hummer limo and people rehearsing lines from a script.
Mr. N evidently approved as he perched on a rock and refused to leave until we took his picture. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for dog-friendly activities in Seattle.