Do I need a reservation to visit Bloedel Reserve?
No! We are now reservation-free. See our hours page for regular and summer operating hours.
When is the best time to visit the Reserve?
The Reserve is open year-round and every season offers new discoveries.
Is picnicking allowed?
Food and picnicking is not allowed on the grounds. Guest may bring bottled water. Drinking water also is available at the Gate House and in the Visitor Center. Small children and those with medical conditions requiring snacks may eat in the Visitor Center.
How much time should I allow for my visit?
We suggest planning on two-hours for adequate time to enjoy the interweaving of formal gardens and natural woodlands for which the Reserve has won international acclaim.
Is the Reserve wheelchair/stroller-accessible?
Our trails are well-maintained bark or paved roadways, so most of Bloedel Reserve’s gardens are accessible to persons with limited mobility. A few areas may be difficult, due to stairs or steep terrain. Our Guest Relations staff will provide maps and suggest routes through the garden that are accessible to wheelchairs and require the least amount of walking. Sturdy wheelchairs are available for visitors to borrow at no charge. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Does the Reserve allow weddings?
At this time, the Reserve does not do weddings. We WELCOME engagements! Click WEDDING PLACES for a list of local facilities that cater to weddings.
Does the Reserve rent their facilities to non-profit and corporate groups for meeting space? What are the rates?
The Reserve does make their Education Center available to non-profit and corporate groups on a limited basis. Please check out Facility Rentals page for rates and policies.
Can I bring my dog or other pet to the Reserve?
Sorry, pets are not allowed on the grounds, and must not be left in cars in the parking lot. Service animals are welcome.
Can I take photos at Bloedel Reserve?
Equipment used for unauthorized photography, videotaping, recording, broadcast or transmission of any kind for commercial purposes is not allowed. Professional photographers with professional cameras or recording equipment, who are visiting Bloedel Reserve with the intent to take photographs or recordings of people or Bloedel Reserve gardens and properties for professional purposes must request permission and make prior arrangements with appropriate Bloedel Reserve representatives. Permission for any recordings or broadcasts on the premises are within the sole discretion of Bloedel Reserve. Folding tripod stands or monopod stands that can fit inside a standard backpack are permitted but should not block passage on trails or damage plant life or landscaping.