Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota's Garden

Ford, Jamie

| 2019

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Foreword and short story by National Book Award Winner Charles Johnson Introduction by Thaïsa 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...

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