Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Exceptional Garden Visit

Brief intro ... In 1911, Julius Blodel, a Seattle lawyer, realized the potential in the Pacific Northwest for creating a forestry company. With a couple of partners, he formed a company that, within a few years, became one of the largest logging operations in the world. The company continued to grow and merge with other forestry companies until 1993, when the Weyerhaeuser corporation purchased it. At that time, Weyerhaeuser was the world's largest producer of softwood lumber. As you can imagine, while all this was going on, Blodel became successful financially. In 1951 he decided to purchase a 150-acre property on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and proceeded to turn it into a Reserve that has been named one of the 10 best botanical gardens in the United States.   

The Blodel Reserve is open for visitation and I decided to take a ferry from Seattle over to Bainbridge Island to take a look for myself. The stress of the pandemic will melt away as you enjoy the peace and beauty of this place. Here are just a few photos from my visit.


The home Virginia and Prentice Bloedel lived in.









Check out the Bloedel Reserve website HERE.



Needless to say, I'm already looking forward to another visit.

10 comments:

  1. Hi John- Thank you for posting the photos from your visit to this special Bloedel Park. Certainly appreciate this as we're not able to travel and see it first hand. Stay well and safe there in Seattle. Cheers. KEV. (Sydney- Australia).

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh, I love this place! I will have to visit it myself to get the full effect of it, but you are right: it's very peaceful and the pictures send me a little bit of it. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hello, John,
    Pretty views from the Blodel Reserve. Hubby and I have visited this reserve years ago with my SIL and her hubby. It is a beautiful place. Pretty flowers! Your photos are lovely. Take care, enjoy your day!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Very nice. You always hear about MacMillan Blodel but I've never heard of this special island.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh WOW! These images are spectacular. it looks like a peaceful place. It is so good to have places like this to visit and enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Sure is a beautiful place to visit!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. It is a place to go and leave the pandemic behind for a few hours.! It must have been so relaxing...

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a beautiful place! The photo with the reflections is amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Certainly is a lovely place to go and leave the pandemic behind for a while.
    Lovely photographs you've shared here John, thank you.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete

Questions, Compliments, and/or Suggestions: If you ask a question, please check back here, on the blog, for an answer within, usually, a day or two. Thank you in advance for compliments. I’ll try to keep an open mind about suggestions. All comments are moderated.

Exceptional Garden Visit

Brief intro ... In 1911, Julius Blodel, a Seattle lawyer, realized the potential in the Pacific Northwest for creating a forestry company. ...