BLOEDEL GARDENS, Bainbridge Island, WA

Only 10 minutes from my home exist one of most beautiful conservation gardens in America.

USA Today named it one of the top ten greatest botanical gardens in  the Unites States

There are forest and ferns, moss gardens, waterfalls, a reflection pool, a bird refuge,

trestle bridge and board walk across a bog.

I often bring out of town guest there.  They are amazed to find such a place “in my back yard”

This is a public garden supported by donations. It was formally a residential estate.

Although it is full of horticultural specimens, no labeling is allowed. You can wonder dreamily for hours

or be very attentive to the vast plant specimens, birds and other natural features which abide there.

If ever you have the opportunity, I would highly recommend a leisurely day in the gardens.