“Loving Island Life” Bainbridge Island Parks

Welcome to the second installment of our series on Bainbridge Island Parks.  We at “Loving Island Life” are excited to share with you the incomparable Bloedel Reserve.  A place like no other, it is a wonderful island treasure with a fascinating history. The New York Times called it “one of this country’s most original and ambitious gardens.”  There is so much to know about the Bloedel Reserve, its history, its purpose, events and activities, we hardly know where to begin.  Their website is beautiful and easy to navigate, so we will provide some links for those who want to learn more.


Bloedel Reserve was created by Prentice and Virginia Bloedel, who resided on the property from 1951 until 1986. The son of a prominent lumber company owner, Mr. Bloedel was educated at the Thacher School in Ojai, California and at Yale University. Go to this link  to read more about Prentice Bloedel and his vision for the property.

From their website;  Bloedel’s twelve distinct gardens range from a bird marsh teeming with life, to a velvety-soft moss garden, to an award-winning Japanese garden and guest house. It’s an ever-changing landscape, and each visit brings surprises as you witness nature unfolding right before your eyes.

At Bloedel, you won’t find plant identification tags or directional signage. A walk through Bloedel is an experience. Immerse yourself in nature and for a moment, let the rest of the world fade away.

With 150 acres to explore, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy.  Visit their website to learn more about this island treasure.

Address: 7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Phone: (206) 842-7631
“We humans are trustees in this world…our power should be exercised in this context.” – Prentice  Bloedel

“Nature can do without man, but man cannot do without nature.” – Prentice  Bloedel

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