Bloedel Reserve


Saturday, August 18 & September 1, 2018  | Last admission at 3:00 PM | Grounds close at 4:00 PM for a private event. 

Whether you are a first-time visitor or know the grounds like the back of your hand, a walk through Bloedel Reserve doesn’t disappoint. The New York Times called us “one of this country’s most original and ambitious gardens.”

Bloedel’s twelve distinct gardens range from a bird marsh teeming with life, to a velvety-soft moss garden, to an award-winning Japanese garden and guest house. It’s an ever-changing landscape, and each visit brings surprises as you witness nature unfolding right before your eyes.

At Bloedel, you won’t find plant identification tags or directional signage. A walk through Bloedel is an experience. Immerse yourself in nature and for a moment, let the rest of the world fade away.


Open year round
To fully enjoy your visit, plan to spend at least two hours on the grounds.

SUMMER HOURS | May 26 – Sept 2
Tuesday – Wednesday | 10 AM – 4 PM

Last admission at 3 PM
Grounds close at 4 PM

Thursday – Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM

Last admission at 5 PM
Grounds close at 6 PM


Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Closed for the annual Bloedel Garden Party.

Saturday, August 18 & September 1, 2018  | Last admission at 3:00 PM | Grounds close at 4:00 PM for a private event. 

REGULAR HOURS | Sept. 4, 2018 – May 26, 2019
Tuesday – Sunday | 10 AM – 4 PM

Last admission at 3 PM
Grounds close at 4 PM


Also open
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Christmas Eve
New Year’s Eve

Every Monday (except indicated holidays)
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
New Year’s Day

Also closed Thursday,  August 9, 2018, for our annual Garden Party.


Adults: $17
Seniors (65+) and Military: $12
Students 13 – 18 (or with I.D.): $10
Children 5 – 12: $6
Children 4 & under FREE


Consider becoming a member! Our members enjoy free admission, discounts and other great benefits. Ask our staff how you can turn your daily admission into a membership.

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Things to know before you visit

  • Bloedel is a living museum so please use museum-like etiquette when visiting. Just like you wouldn’t touch the Mona Lisa, please don’t climb trees or pick flowers.
  • Service animals welcome. Please leave pets at home. Animals are not allowed to stay in vehicles.
  • Keep the crows and the flies away. Please no eating on the grounds.
  • Inhale deeply. Bloedel’s buildings and 150 acres are smoke-free (including e-cigarettes).
  • Enjoy the silence. Please refrain from talking on cell phones. Please be respectful and use quiet voices.
  • Tread lightly. Please stay on the groomed trails. You are welcome to walk on lawns. Please no jogging. 
  • Keep wheels, flying machines, and sporting activities at parks. Please no drones, bicycles, roller skates, balls or Frisbees.
  • Please no costumes of any type.

For a complete list of regulations, please read this document:


Getting Here

Bloedel Reserve is located at the north end of Bainbridge Island, about 6 miles from the ferry terminal on 305.  Local bus service is also available.

7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

(206) 842-7631

Note: Gatehouse renovation in process March 2018 – May 2018.  Parking is limited. We encourage the use of alternative transportation when possible, particularly on beautiful spring weekends.

During the summer, we are open later than bus service runs. Please be sure to check the bus schedule when planning your visit.

Arriving by Ferry

Bainbridge Island is a short 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle.  Ferries sail approximately every 50-60 minutes.   Learn more | Washington State Ferries

Bus Service | Call BI-RIDE

Kitsap Transit operates BI-RIDE, a shared-ride service operating Tuesday – Saturday on Bainbridge Island by rider request and at scheduled stops. Bloedel Reserve is a scheduled stop. Fare is $2.00, cash or ORCA card.

To  catch the bus somewhere other than at a scheduled stop, call at least two hours in advance. Call 1-844-4BI-RIDE for more information or to schedule a ride.


Tours & Field Trips

Guided Tours

A guided tour of Bloedel is a refreshing outdoor activity for groups. Led by trained docents, tours can be tailored to various interests and physical abilities.

  • Guided tours are available for groups of seven or more adults and need to be arranged with at least three weeks notice.
  • The minimum length for a guided tour is 1.5 hours and a complete guided tour of Bloedel takes 2.5 hours.
  • There is no additional charge for tour guides and groups pay the regular per person admission. Full payment is due two weeks before the date of the guided tour and there are no refunds. If you book within two weeks of the scheduled tour,  payment is due upon scheduling.


Field Trips

Bloedel welcomes school children, youth groups, and college students for guided tours. Many of our tour guides are retired teachers who love leading tours for students of all ages.

  • School children from preschool through 6th grade are $3 each and students in 7th grade through college are $6 each. Teachers and chaperones pay the same reduced rates as the students they accompany.

To arrange a guided tour or field trip, please contact Volunteer & Tour Coordinator, Hannah Whitney, 206.842.7631 x19


Do I need a reservation to visit?

No. Just come and visit anytime during regular hours.

Is picnicking allowed?

Food and picnicking are not allowed on the grounds. Guests may bring bottled water. Drinking water also is available at the Gate House and in the Visitor Center. Small children and those with medical conditions requiring snacks may eat in the Visitor Center.

Can I bring my dog or other pet to Bloedel?

Pets are not allowed on the grounds and must not be left in cars in the parking lot. Service animals are welcome.

When is the best time to visit Bloedel?

Bloedel is open year-round. Every season and every visit invites new discoveries.

How much time should I allow for my visit?

Plan on two hours to enjoy the landscape.

Is Bloedel wheelchair/stroller-accessible?

Our trails are well-maintained bark or paved roadways, so most of Bloedel’s gardens are accessible to persons with limited mobility. Due to stairs or steep terrain, a few areas might be difficult to navigate. Our Guest Relations staff will provide maps and suggest routes through the garden that are accessible to wheelchairs and require the least amount of walking. Sturdy wheelchairs are available for visitors to borrow at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Can I get married at Bloedel Reserve? 

To preserve our natural treasure for future generations, Bloedel opens the Reserve to two weddings a year. To learn more about this rare and unique opportunity to celebrate your love story at the Reserve, contact or 206-842-7631 ext. 16.

Outside of these two wedding parties a year, other wedding parties, wedding photos, ceremonies, or clothing resembling wedding attire are not permitted at Bloedel Reserve.

Can I take photos at Bloedel?

We welcome amateur photographers and artists in the gardens but portrait and commercial photography are not allowed. Guests are permitted to use folding tripod stands or monopod stands that can fit inside a standard backpack. Please use caution when using and do not block trails or damage plants or landscaping.

Professional portrait photography is not permitted.

Members of the press should call in advance to arrange for admission to Bloedel or to schedule a press event at 206.842.7631 x26.

Families & Children

All ages enjoy exploring Bloedel, all year long. Ask the Gatehouse staff about kid-friendly activities to use on the grounds and upcoming events.


  • Peace and serenity, nature at its finest. Do yourself a favor and visit Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. Don't be in a hurry, take your time. Visitor