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Bloedel Reserve

Seattle Attractions--Botanical Gardens

Location: Bainbridge Island

 

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Moss Garden scene

 

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  Highlights of the Bloedel Reserve
  Plan a Visit
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WHAT IS THE BLOEDEL RESERVE?

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is one of the most beautiful places in the Puget Sound area.  Dazzling Places.com is devoted to highlighting the beauty of the Seattle area and this is one of our highest recommendations for a place worth exploring.

The Bloedel Reserve is a renowned public garden that integrates outstanding landscaping with natural areas into a garden estate that offers a refreshing outdoor experience. 

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Moss Garden scene

 

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The lovely weeping willow at Mid Pond

 

WHO SHOULD VISIT?

The Bloedel Reserve appeals to gardeners, hikers, nature lovers, bird watchers, and photographers.  It is a place to come to while away a couple of hours or more and savor the beauty and serenity of nature. 

 

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A view of the Japanese Garden

 

HISTORY

The Bloedel Reserve is a 150 acre garden and natural area on the coast of Bainbridge Island.  The land was purchased by Prentice Bloedel, a lumber industry executive.  He and his wife Virginia lived on the Reserve and worked from 1951 to 1986 to create an area where he wanted to public to enjoy an exceptional garden and nature preserve.  The Bloedel Reserve opened to the public in 1988.

 

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Moss Garden scene

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BLOEDEL RESERVE?

Approximately half of the Bloedel Reserve is accessible to visitors.  Here are some of the highlights of the Bloedel Reserve.

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Camellia Walk—this peaceful trail leads you through woods with camellias that add color to the scenery.

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Reflection Pool—this is a lovely pool surrounded by a yew hedge where you can contemplate the peacefulness of this area. The pool was built in 1970 and is 200 feet long and 6 feet wide and is fed by natural springs.

 

Moss Garden—this two acre garden is truly beautiful.  The lush, colored, delicate, and textured moss is a real treat.  For photographers, the Moss Garden is spectacular. At least 12 varieties of moss are found in the Moss Garden. In 1982, 275,000 plugs of moss were planted to start the Moss Garden.

 

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Japanese Garden, Guest House, and Stone Garden—the area around the Japanese Garden is quiet, elegant, and scenic.  You can just sit on the porch of the Guest House and gaze out at the serenity of the landscaping that adorns this area. Mr. Fujitara Kubota, the founder of Seattle's lovely Kubota Garden, designed and built the Japanese Garden in 1960. 

 

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The Mid Pond with the weeping willow

 

The Mid Pond---this is the first water feature that was installed by the Bloedels.  It has beautiful trees and plants surrounding it.  The weeping willow on the Pond’s banks is one of the highlights of the Bloedel Reserve.

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The Bloedel Residence—this was the personal residence of the Bloedel’s until they gave it to the Bloedel Reserve to serve as the administrative center, a visitors' center, and as a venue for exhibits and musical events. It has a large library about gardening.

Nature Walk--this includes a bird marsh and second and third growth Northwest woodlands.

 

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The Guest Entry and The Shop with a lovely heather garden

 

PLANNING A VISIT

LOCATION

7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island

From Seattle, you will have to ride the Washington State Ferry to get to Bainbridge Island. The ferry ride is a scenic trip offering outstanding views of Seattle from Elliott Bay as well as views of the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier.

Please click here to go to the web site with the schedule for the Bainbridge ferry. The Bloedel Reserve is six miles from the Ferry dock.

 

MAP


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HOURS

The Bloedel Reserve is open daily except for Mondays.  Please check the Reserve’s web site for specific hours.  It is open on Labor Day and July 4th.

ADMISSION

You do not need to make reservations to visit the Bloedel Reserve.  There is a modest admission charge. You purchase tickets at the Gate House. 

BLOEDEL RESERVE WEB SITE

Please click here to go to the web site for the Bloedel Reserve.

 

PHOTO GALLERY

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Moss Garden scene

 

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The Guest House and Stone Garden

 

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The Stone Garden

 

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The rear deck of the Guest House

 

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A view in the Japanese Garden looking up at the Guest House

 

 

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Another view in the Japanese Garden

 

 

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A view of the Mid Pond with the Bloedel Residence in the background

 

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