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Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota's Garden


An early immigrant’s vision transforms clearcut forest into a beloved public garden. Short stories, poems, essays, and photographs celebrate Fujitaro Kubota’s legacy.

Novelists, poets, scholars, and garden enthusiasts examine the legacy of nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, whose unique gardens transformed Seattle's landscape in the 20th century, including a garden in the Minidoka prison camp while he was incarcerated there during World War II, the first “drive-through” garden, and Japanese garden in South Seattle. To Kubota, everything has spirit. Rocks and stones pulsed with life, he said, and that energy is still apparent in his gardens today.

Contributors include: Photographs by Gemina Garland-Lewis. Nathan Wirth, Kubota Garden Foundation, Samuel Green, Claudia Castro-Luna, Charles Johnson, Jamie Ford, and others to make this a unique book where every page presents a different view of Kubota’s garden. 

220pp