Bloedel Reserve | Photo © Richard Brown
National Public Gardens Day takes place this Friday, allowing everyone free access to participating gardens throughout the U.S. Many gardens will offer activities throughout the day to celebrate the influx of guests.
Those near Seattle should use the celebration as an excuse to cruise over to Bainbridge Island, which holds the Bloedel Reserve. This 150-acres reserve holds a Japanese garden, moss garden, and a beautiful reflection pool. Other nearby gardens include the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden and PowellsWood Garden, both in Federal Way.
The Leach Botanical Garden in Oregon also opened their gates for those around the Portland area. Started by a couple with a passion for flora, the Leach Botanical Garden remains true to its goal as a resource for both budding and seasoned enthusiasts. Their library holds over a 1,000 books on the subject of botany.
For more information on National Public Gardens Day, consult: http://www.nationalpublicgardensday.org/. To find an participating garden near you, visit: http://www.nationalpublicgardensday.org/search-gardens.