Spirited Stone Lessons from Kubotas Garden

By Jamie Ford, Gemina Garland Lewis, Thaisa Way

Spirited Stone Lessons from Kubotas Garden book cover.

Foreword by American Book Award Winner Charles Johnson. Introduction by Thaisa Way, PhD. Short story by New York Times Best Selling Author, Jamie Ford Academics, novelists, poets, and garden enthusiasts examine the legacy of immigrant and nurseryman Fujitaro Kubota, whose unique gardens transformed Seattle’s regional landscape in the 20th century. A self-taught gardener, Kubota built a thriving landscape business, eventually assembling 20 acres in south Seattle that he shaped into a beautiful and enduring Japanese garden. Today, this public park serves one of Washington’s most diverse zip codes. An innovator and artist, Kubota created the first “drive-through” garden to capitalize on America’s love for the automobile. While incarcerated at Minidoka prison camp during World War II, Kubota also created a memorable garden in the desert. To Kubota, everything has spirit. Rocks and stones pulsed with life, he said, and that energy is still apparent in his gardens today. Photographs by Gemina Garland-Lewis and Nathan Wirth are interwoven with original poetry by Samuel Green, Claudio Castro-Luna, and others to make this a unique book where every page presents a different view of into Kubota’s garden.

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