Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Kubota Garden Foundation will host a Japanese Maple Festival at Kubota Garden, 9817 55th Ave. S, on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
At 11 a.m., maple tree expert Charlie Morgan will give a talk entitled “Amazing Maples.” That will be followed by tour guided and self guided tours of the garden at 12 noon. At 1 p.m., Master Pruner Pete Putnicki will give a talk about caring for maple trees. Visitors are invited to hear Charlie and Pete speak near the garden entrance gate on the small lawn.
Self-guided materials will lead visitors to what gardeners view as the best most noteworthy varieties of maple in the Garden. Kubota Garden contains more than 150 maples, with about 50 different types.
Hidden in South Seattle, Kubota Garden is a stunning 20 acre landscape that blends Japanese garden concepts with native Northwest plants. The city acquired the property, which is an historic landmark, in 1987 from the estate of master landscaper Fujitaro Kubota. Kubota was a horticultural pioneer when he began merging Japanese design techniques with North American materials in his display garden in 1927. The Gardens are a spectacular setting of hills and valleys, interlaced with streams, waterfalls, ponds, bridges, and rock out-croppings with a rich array of plant material.
Admission to the Garden is free.