... was to the Japanese Garden within the Washington Park Arboretum. The 200+ acre parks sits just south of the University of Washington's campus. It is jointly managed by UW and the City of Seattle. The City owns the land and the University owns all of the trees and plants. As far as maintenance and management, the City takes care of the park-like functions (trails, benches, garbage) and the UW Botanic Gardens takes care of the gardens, trees and plant collections.
The Japanese Garden is at the very southern end of the park. It is a 3.5 acre formal garden designed and constructed under the supervision of world-renowned Japanese garden designer Juki Iida in 1960.