The Bloedel Reserve a Northwest Treasure

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is a Northwest treasure — 150 acres of paths through varied landscapes, from wild & native to formal & exotic. Their free open house and plant sale was last weekend. It was another cool one in what is our coldest Spring on record (according to weather guru Cliff Mass). Although the weather was chilly, many turned out to tour the gardens and check out the plant sale. I must say I did my part to support the sale and I was inspired to become a member of the Reserve, now I can come with guests for free. Normally the admission is $13. So I plan to get some good walks in, and enjoy the beautiful reserve in all seasons. Here are a few photos, highlighting native plants, the Japanese garden and some exquisite specimens. Take the virtual tour of Bloedel Reserve to get a real sense of this amazing place. Or better yet, visit in-person, reservations are no longer required.

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