A Garden Like No Other

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.

105Looking up and across the well manicured lawns at the Bloedel Visitor Center

010Peaceful and serene Reflection Pool

014Moss garden

022Entrance to the Japanese Garden

024Japanese Garden Guest House and Stone Garden

030Looking out from the back of the Japanese Garden Guest House

045Rear side of the Japanese Garden Guest House

086Flora along the forest trails

096Western Cedars abound in the forest

102Delicate Blue Lacecap Hydrangea grace the trails

120Bloedel Visitor Center

119View of the blue waters of Puget Sound from rear of 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

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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4 Responses to A Garden Like No Other

  1. Splendid and most certainly a joy to behold.

  2. What a stunning place! Great photos, they show the tranquility of this beautiful garden.

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