A destination for nature lovers, gardeners, and those seeking the beauty of nature in a quiet, reflective environment, you will want to stay awhile at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.
The 150-acre site was purchased in 1951 by Prentice & Virginia Bloedel, who called it home for more than 30 years, and added new garden scapes every season. In 1988, the Reserve was opened as a public garden and forest preserve, operated as a non-profit.
The Reserve is organized in various garden sites range from informal native plant areas and others crafted in more exotic and formal styles, like a Japanese meditation garden. Around each corner, there is something new to see: a bloom to enjoy, a water feature tucked among trees and boulders, a bench situated under a vine maple with a view perfect for a moment of reflection. The Bloedel home, in a French manor house style, is also open to tour.
The entrance fee is $12 for seniors and active military, $17 for adults, with discounts for children. As for accessibility, the Bloedel Reserve has both paved and non-paved walking paths, and there are sections with significant hills to walk. Upon arrival, talk with the staff at the entrance gate. They can help you find the path that best suits your party.
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Beth Pratt, Community Relations Director
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