I recently took a trip to visit my dear friend Linda (and her husband, Tom) on Bainbridge Island. I’ve visited before with Hubby, but this was mostly a girl’s trip. Gretchen (Linda’s sister) and I flew up mid-September and were thrilled to escape the last days of a heat wave that had swept our usually-mild climate out, and ushered in temps and humidity resembling Houston!
Linda had a flexible itinerary for us and the first day had early morning shopping on the Island and then a much anticipated visit to the Bloedel Reserve. Created by Prentice Bloedel (son of a prominent lumber company owner) and his wife, Virginia, the couple lived on the 150 acre property from 1951 until 1986. The pair worked with landscape architects, Thomas Church, Richard Haag, Fujitaro Kubota and Iain Robertson, but the overall vision was that of Mr. Bloedel. The grounds and house are more beautiful in person than any photograph can capture, but I wanted to share a few of the images with you. If you ever get to Seattle and care to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island, this is a worthwhile stop.
More than half of the 150 acres are left untouched as second growth forest. Prentice believed that the serenity of the natural habitat was a place people could “gain wellness”.
When trees are toppled by storms or high winds, the Bloedel allows them to remain and new trees sprout up from the deep roots. This old tree root almost looked like a sculpture of a spider web. My photograph doesn’t do it justice.
The Bloedel’s planted a moss garden with dozens of varieties of mosses. Volunteer ferns crop up and you’ve got a beautiful sea of green.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little escape.