I recently visited the Bloedel Reserve, located on Bainbridge Island, WA. This was my first visit to these public gardens, and I must state that I was totally taken aback by the beauty and serenity of this idyllic spot. It was much more than what I had expected. Trails meander through a meadow, marsh, forest, a moss garden, and Japanese garden. Along the trails are interspersed a long, rectangular reflection pool, boardwalks, ponds, and an amazing Japanese garden guesthouse. The setting is, definitely, Northwest at its best. I can only imagine what it’s like during the spring blossom time and the fiery colors of autumn. Expect to spend a couple hours exploring the trails in the reserve. At the end of the trail is the Visitor’s Center, the Bloedel’s residence from 1951 until 1986.
Looking up and across the well manicured lawns at the Bloedel Visitor Center
I’ve only touched upon a few of the many sights to behold at the Bloedel Reserve. I wish I lived closer to this peaceful sanctuary. For driving directions, operating hours and entrance fees, please visit the website listed at the top of this post.
© Peggy A Thompson