FAQs, Tips
& Garden Etiquette

No. Just come and visit anytime during regular hours.  We open at 10 AM and the last admission is at 3 PM during regular hours and 5 PM on select days during our summer hours. 

Bloedel is a unique experience in nature.  While we are a public botanical garden and forest reserve, we are not a public park. To protect the experience, food and picnicking are not allowed on the grounds. Guests may bring bottled water. Drinking water also is available at the Gatehouse and in the Visitor Center. Small children and those with medical conditions requiring snacks may eat at the Visitor Center.

Pets are not allowed on the grounds and nor may they be left in cars in the parking lot. 

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

Plan on two hours to enjoy the landscape.

Children are most welcome at the Reserve. Most of the Reserve is flat and the trails are well-defined with bark. Many strollers can navigate our trails, although there are some areas with an incline.  Children should always remain with an adult and respect other policies, such as no running or loud voices.

Ask at the Gatehouse for our fun children’s activity booklet.

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 walking. Sturdy wheelchairs are available for visitors to borrow at no charge, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Yes! Bloedel Reserve is more than a place of beauty; it’s a living expression of the love story that unfolded during Prentice and Virginia Bloedel’s life on Bainbridge Island. Married more than 65 years, many of the features of the Reserve were created as loving gestures, on a grand scale, by Prentice for Virginia.

We welcome engagements, walking privately on the grounds (no need to ask permission if you pop the question). We do not allow large props or productions.

To preserve our natural treasure for future generations, Bloedel opens the Reserve to only two weddings a year. To learn more about this rare and unique opportunity to celebrate your love story at the Reserve, contact Brittany Clarke Barnes at [email protected]
*We are currently booking for 2021.

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.

Commercial photography and professional portrait photography is not permitted.  Please see our still and video photo policies here. 

Members of the press should call in advance to arrange for admission to Bloedel or to schedule a press event at 206-842-7631 x19.

  • Pets (on the property or in vehicles)
  • Smoking, vaping, e-cigarettes
  • Alcoholic beverages or illegal substances
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Cremated remains
  • Musical instruments, camping equipment, toys
  • Professional or portrait photography (see complete photo policy)
  • Food or picnicking
  • Please don’t climb trees, pick flowers or berries, or remove rocks, sticks, flowers or plants
  • No recreational or wheeled sports equipment: bikes, skateboards, scooters, skates, Segways, frisbees, balls, lawn games, skis, sleds, snowshoes, etc. Wheelchairs and strollers are welcome
  • Admittance after hours – please respect open hours and be out by closing time

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