Rhododendrons and camellias are opening up, spring bulbs are providing color on the ground, hellebores are dazzling in shades of purple, pink, green and white, and even some early trilliums are popping up on the forest floor. Now is the time to visit.
Bloedel Reserve is a 150-acre preserve at the northern tip of Bainbridge Island; it is often named as one of the best public gardens in America. The reserve is a mix of pristine second-growth forest and meticulously landscaped gardens. The self-guided loop trail takes roughly two hours and leads you through a bird refuge that’s home to trumpeter swans, great blue herons, and kingfishers; across hand-hewed wooden bridges and through fern-choked forest; and into a Japanese garden. The path eventually ends at a grand mansion, the former private residence of the Bloedel family
Bloedel Reserve is located at the north end of Bainbridge Island – a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle or Edmonds (Click here for link to Washington State Ferries).
Seattle to Bainbridge Island crossing time: 35 minutes. Driving time to the Reserve: 15 minutes.
Edmonds to Kingston crossing time: 30 minutes. Driving time to the Reserve: 25 minutes.
7571 NE Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA (Map)
Seniors (65+) and Military ($9)
Students 13 – College ($5)
Children (12 and Under) (Free)
Regular Hours Tuesday – Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM Closed Monday
Summer Hours (June-August) Tuesday & Wednesday 10 AM to 4 PM Closed Mondays, Thursday – Sunday 10 AM to 7 PM Open Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day
The Bloedel Reserve Website