Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
The Bloedel Reserve comprises approximately 150 acres on Bainbridge Island Washington, where it is blessed by the mild, moist climate of Puget Sound. About 84 acres are second growth forest. The remaining 66 acres are altered landscapes, including various gardens, ponds and meadows.
The primary purpose of the Bloedel Reserve is to provide people with an opportunity to enjoy nature through quiet walks in the gardens and woodlands. Together, the water and plantings both attract and display birds. Ducks, geese and swans make their homes among the native sedges and ferns. Great blue herons and kingfishers regularly feed on the trout placed in the pond for that purpose. Trees of about three hundred kinds grow at the Reserve. They span the range of treedom, from maples of centurial stature, dripping with mosses and ferns, to the slender shrub-like angelica trees luxuriating in the understory. Stepping from the deep woods into the residential landscape, you move from the Brothers Grimm into Mozart. This formal, European style landscape is characterized by man-made lakes, swans, weeping willow, English elms and a parrot tree, with a magnificent empress tree flanking the main facade of the house.
The founder’s vision was “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty,” and the Reserve’s mission is to “enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.” The Reserve’s 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, a Reflection Pool and the Bloedels’ former estate home.
|Price||:||$5.00 - $15.00|
|Duration||:||about 2 hours|
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm. CLOSED MONDAYS.
Open on: Memorial Day, July 4th & Labor Day