Bloedel Reserve

Unique among public gardens in the United States, 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. While working as a math teacher at Thacher School in the late 1920s, he was called upon by his father to take the helm of the family timber business.  Read More


Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden and forest preserve. The founders’ vision was “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty,” and Bloedel’s mission is to “enrich people’s lives through a premier public garden of natural and designed Pacific Northwest landscapes.”


To provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.

News & Press

We welcome visits and inquiries from the press. To schedule a press tour, photos for use in publications, or for additional information, please contact  Claire Donahue in our Marketing and Communications Department at 206.842.7631 x26.

  • We humans are trustees in this world … our power should be exercised in this context. Prentice Bloedel


Our dedicated staff work collaboratively to preserve Bloedel’s refreshing experience in nature. Each day is different, like our ever-changing landscapes, making our work inspiring and rewarding. Plus, with 150 acres of woodlands and gardens, we have the most beautiful break-room in town!



Bloedel Reserve seeks a special person to take on an important role in facilities maintenance.

The Facilities Assistant is responsible for the support of buildings, trails, water and irrigation systems, roads, ponds, equipment and infrastructure maintenance, as well as event setup and take-down.

Prefer experience in equipment maintenance and repair, light equipment operation and building trades (carpentry, plumbing, and/or painting). Requires 5+ years related experience.

To apply for a current opening, email a cover letter and resume to hr@bloedelreserve.org and include the job title in the subject line of the email. Please, no phone calls.

Bloedel Reserve is an equal-opportunity employer. We seek to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and support the retention and advancement of diverse persons within the organization. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer corps with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission.

Bloedel Reserve is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that includes people of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs.