Experiencing the Cultural and Natural History of the Pacific Northwest: The Bloedel Reserve and Chief Sealth's Grave
The Bloedel Reserve (www.bloedelreserve.org) , a 150-acre estate on Bainbridge Island, is internationally known for the landscape design of its garden/landscape spaces in its Pacific Northwest native forest setting. No place better exemplifies the character of the Puget Sound landscape and how eastern and western design traditions have adapted themselves to fit into, and make, this distinctive place. The Reserve's mission is "to provide a tranquil and refreshing experience of nature." Its guiding philosophy of "experiencing nature" was developed by its founder Prentice Bloedel who was influenced by the work of Jay Appleton, Charles Lewis and Rachel and Stephen Kaplan. For individuals interested in human responses to nature, landscape, and place-making, a visit to Seattle that does not include the Bloedel Reserve is unthinkable.
The Native American Suquamish Tribe's reservation is a short distance from the Bloedel Reserve. The grave of Chief Sealth, the Suquamish Chief after whom Seattle is named, is located in its churchyard. For those interested in the socio-cultural and historical roots of the city a visit to Chief Sealth's grave is a thought provoking and profoundly moving experience.
While at the Reserve, participants will begin with a 30-45 minute introductory walk to orient them to the Reserve's landscapes while leaving time for participants to explore the Reserve individually or in small groups, as Mr. Bloedel intended its nature to be experienced. The facilitator of this session, and Bloedel Reserve docents, will be available for participants wishing a more extended guided tour in lieu of individual exploration time.
Members: $70 early-regular/$85 late
Non Members: $75 early-regular/$90 late
Please note: registration fees include: ferry crossing, shuttle service, admission to the Reserve, and a box lunch. Maximum participants: 22