Bloedel Reserve

Bloedel Reserve

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A small boat journey from Seattle, hidden at the northern tip of Bainbridge Island, is in a botanical gem known as the Bloedel Reserve. Acquired by Prentice and Virginia Bloedel in 1951, 150 acres of land overlooking the Puget Sound was a shelter for herds, crops and woodland. After Mr. Bloedel resigned, he plunged into consultancy and cooperation with many renowned landscaping designers, but he was still the architect’s view of the project. For 25 years, the unique scenery has been replaced by a meadowing trail through fields, formal and non-formal settings, in a beautiful pace that simultaneously restores and inspires. This is not a botanical garden where each wood and its sample is marked with tags, a trip to the Bloedelle reserve is an adventure of releasing labels and lists of cases and immersion in the beneficial effects of nature.

In 1986, the Bloedel family donated this estate to the local municipality. In 1988, the Bloedel Reserve was established as a lively, expanding plant and landscape museum. The New York Times described it as “one of the most original and ambitious gardens in this country.

The Bloedel Reserve includes twelve official gardens, beginning with an award-winning Japanese tea party and garden, the magical Garden of Moss, a bird marsh, a waterfall, a reflective pool, and, just as importantly, home woods and meadows that blend pieces together to form a single whole.

Size: 150 acres

Entry: 7-17|$

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Dogs Allowed: No

Parking: free

Calendar of events: https://bellevuebotanical.org/events/

Membership: yes

Wednesday
  • 10AM–4PM
Thursday
  • 10AM–4PM
Friday
  • 10AM–4PM
Saturday
  • 10AM–4PM
Sunday
  • 10AM–4PM
Monday
  • Closed
Tuesday
  • 10AM–4PM

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