Mission / Philosophy / Quotes from Prentice Bloedel

MISSION

The Bloedel Reserve is an internationally renowned public garden whose primary mission is to provide a tranquil and refreshing experience of nature. The Reserve’s 150 acres are a unique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, and Reflection Pool, and the Bloedel’s former estate home. We invite you to visit this Northwest treasure.

PHILOSOPHY & PURPOSE

(This statement of philosophy and purpose for Bloedel Reserve was composed by the founder, Prentice Bloedel.)

The Bloedel Reserve is a place where people find refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.

The Reserve is an arboretum and natural reserve situated in a region that enjoys a most favorable climate for growing a diversity of plants.

The Reserve’s primary interest is in the relationship between plants and people. There is a generally acknowledged but little understood ability of plants and landscape to evoke a wide variety of deeply felt emotions, ranging from tranquility to exhilaration.

The Reserve is a place to experience the bond between people and nature. It is a place for people but not in clamorous crowds. It is a place in which to enjoy and learn from the emotional and aesthetic experience of nature the values of harmony, respect for life and tranquility. It is a place to enjoy and learn the values of eclectic design, aesthetics and ecology as the catalysts for the harmonious interaction of people and nature.