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


Our dedicated staff works 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!  

We’re hiring!

Director of Development & Campaign

The Director of Development & Campaign will support and advance the Reserve mission by providing leadership and support for all resource development, membership, and campaign initiatives. This will include creating, planning, and implementing successful initiatives in major gifts, planned giving, annual giving and membership programs in partnership with the Reserve’s Executive Director, staff and board members.

This position will foster a vibrant culture of philanthropy to assure strategies, systems, and procedures are advanced to support a highly effective fundraising and membership development enterprise. The position will also be charged with leading strategy for the capital campaign effort to achieve Phase One of the Master Plan.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC.

Read the full Position Guide



Grounds and Horticulture Assistant (project-based)

Be a part of the crew expanding our bird marsh and redeveloping our meadow for future generations through your hard work.

We are looking for someone with a demonstrated interest in environmental science, horticulture, or grounds development through education or work experience. The job tasks include invasive species removal, mowing, planting, site preparation, trench digging, pruning, brush removal and other grounds maintenance assignments.

Tell us about your experience operating garden equipment and vehicles, solving problems, doing computer research and being curious and hardworking. Also, tell us about your basic knowledge of horticulture principles and of native and non-native flora.

This is a full time, project-based position (with insurance benefits) expected to run through 2018, and potentially beyond, depending on funding.

To apply, send 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.