Bloedel Reserve is 6.5 mi. n.w. of the ferry dock on SR 305, then .4 mi. n. on Agatewood Rd. N.E., then .6 mi. e. to 7571 N.E. Dolphin Dr. This 150-acre former private estate was once owned by Angela Collins, widow of John Collins, Seattle's sixth mayor. Prentice and Virginia Bloedel purchased it, lived in the house for 32 years and then bequeathed everything to the public so that visitors could come and enjoy nature's beauty in a relaxed, tranquil setting.
Guests are greeted at the gatehouse and provided with a map that serves as a guide to the 2-mile tour of the grounds, encompassing meadows, ponds, protected woodlands, various moss and Japanese gardens and a bird marshland. The gardens are all meticulously landscaped and benefit from Puget Sound's mild, moist climate. The estate home, built in the style of a French country house, functions as a visitor center and has displays relating to the history of the reserve.
Trails wind through a dense forest of Douglas fir, western red cedar, western hemlock and moss-encrusted maples. Be sure and stroll through the Glen, which is ablaze in late spring and early summer with blooming rhododendrons. Perennials, bulbs, wildflowers and more than 15,000 cyclamen plants—one of the largest plantings in the world—add their own beauty, making this one of the most enchanting spots in the entire reserve.