Kubota Garden Visitor Center and Master Plan Update

Seattle, WA


In 1927 Fujitaro Kubota purchased five acres of swampland in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle and began his garden as a landscape business. Kubota Garden has evolved over time, expanding and transitioning into a public garden.

Visitor Center and Master Plan Update
4,100 sq ft

  • Client:Kubota Garden Foundation
  • Landscape Architect :Jones & Jones Architects, Landscape Architects, Planners

A future visitor center is planned to support strong connections to the Garden with a program of uses separated into a loose arrangement of structures around an informal courtyard – reducing the scale and impact of the facility.


The Courtyard is a gathering place for events in the Meeting Room and for Garden tour groups and features the “Rainforest Bronze Bell” as an interactive display for visitors. Seating areas for refreshments of light snacks and beverages purchased at the Visitor Center Entry are provided. The Viewing Deck also accommodates outdoor activities related to the Meeting Room.


In 2019, Jones & Jones completed a Master Plan update providing guidelines for improvements over the next twenty years as well as documenting development to the Garden since 1990. It also served to identify future planned projects still such as the Visitor Center and the now complete Overlook Terrace.


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