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, Marketing and Communications Manager at 206.842.7631 x26.

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


Housekeeper – Part-time, flexible hours

Are you looking for a flexible, part-time position?

We are looking for someone who takes pride in tending to Bloedel Reserve’s buildings. Tasks include daily upkeep, event clean up and special projects. The schedule may include either evenings or early mornings and one weekend day a week. Please let us know how your housekeeping or janitorial skills complement our needs and your other interests. We are looking for a special person with a proven work ethic, pride in attending to details and ability to work independently.

Please explain how you can contribute with a cover letter and resume, as one document to HR@bloedelreserve.org.


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.