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Letter to the Editor: The Director of the Bloedel Reserve Invites You to Visit Sans Car

For twenty-five years, the Bloedel Reserve has tried to solve the one question that riddles every business on Bainbridge Island outside of Winslow: How can we get walk-on visitors from the ferry out to the Reserve? We’ve dreamed of purchasing shuttle buses and considered making arrangements with RideShare companies, but nothing panned out. So imagine…

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Rockaway beach hanging garden blossoms

The Hanging Garden of Rockaway Beach: A Photo Essay

by Paul Brians Residents of Rockaway Beach Drive are doubtless happy to have both lanes of the road back since work ended on the slope-retention project. Viewed from the ferry, the metallic terraces look jarringly artificial, but the plantings there will soon transform it into a lush hanging garden.            …

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Bainbridge About to Bloom for the 26th Time

The 26th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour opens this Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The Bloom is the primary fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. BIAHC Executive Director Barbara Sacerdote described this year’s tour: ”We have something for everyone in this year’s garden tour, from an awe-inspiring landscape with a…

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July in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer Spring delivers a rich visual return on the gardener’s investment, but July and August are a different matter altogether. If you don’t put some effort into sustaining action, things will peter out much earlier than they need to. Part of the reason the spring garden is independently active is due to…

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Tour Four Local Gardens on Upcoming Garden Conservancy Open Days

The Garden Conservancy, a national organization dedicated to preserving and sharing “magnificent gardens” is holding a local Open Days program to give the public a chance to tour some spectacular yards. On Sunday, June 29, four Bainbridge gardens will be included on the list of six in Kitsap: Arcadia | 10450 Secretariat Lane NE This…

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Takako Satoh

Bloedel Brings You a Summer of Art and Garden

The Bloedel Reserve has reserved a summer gardenful of activities for you and the family this summer, ranging from classes to Shakespeare. Koto Music in Japanese Garden | June 22, July 6 and 20, August 24 Expert Koto player Takako Satoh plays on Sunday afternoons in the Japanese Garden. The Koto is a traditional 13-string…

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June in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer In the Essential Earthman, Henry Mitchell writes, “I always warn myself (with very little result) against the beauty of the late May early June garden, which can overpower and unbalance the rest of the year—to say nothing of the gardener.” I couldn’t agree more, but have decided to give myself…

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Give Mom a ‘Living Bouquet’ for Mother’s Day

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer When I was three, my mother took my sister and me to South Africa to visit her ailing mother for a month. Up to that point, my mother had always taken the lead on any gardening that took place in our household. But, left to his own devices, my father…

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May in the Garden: Sow Veggies, Fertilize Rhodies & Plant Dahlia Bulbs

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer May’s warming temperatures and rain create the perfect storm for weeds. But if you need a break from staying ahead of the invaders, here are a few enjoyable alternatives that will make you feel more like a gardener than a weed whacker. Sow Veggies During the first half of the month,…

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Scouler's Harebell flower

Name That Flower

Find out what this local wildflower is on April 11 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. when Bainbridge Island photographer Paul Brians presents a photo lecture on the wildflowers of Bainbridge Island. Brians will show a wide variety of beautiful wildflowers and explain where and when they may be found. Brians’ photos are featured in…

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cherry tree in bloom by peter brantley

April in the Garden: Fertilize Now, But Wait to Plant Those Annuals

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer It’s Time to Fertilize Your plants are now waking up and in need of nutrition so they are well-prepared for all the work that lies ahead of them this growing season. A lot of folks like the slow release fertilizers, but those are sometimes too slow for me. I find that…

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Land Trust Native Plant Sale Coming up: Don’t Miss the March 31 Preorder Deadline!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of our beloved Bainbridge Island Land Trust (BILT). Help honor the nonprofit organization’s vital role in preserving beautiful Bainbridge at its annual Native Plant Sale. Preordering on-line runs to March 31. View the full native plant collection here. Click on the plant photos to read descriptions and needed growing conditions….

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Bloedel birch trees in summer.

Bloedel One of 20 Nominees for USA Today’s Best Public Garden in North America

The Bainbridge Island’s Bloedel Reserve has been nominated for the newspaper USA Today‘s Best North American Public Garden Competition. Bloedel stands alone among the 20 nominees as the only representative of our state. The 20 gardens were chosen by landscape designer, author, and lecturer Cindy Brockway, who is also Program Director for Cultural Resources at The…

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March in the Garden: Revive, Divide and Stop and Smell the Sarcococca

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Last month I directed readers to prune their fruit trees. Not one to give advice I don’t follow myself, I punctiliously headed off to our orchard with my Felcos and folding hand saw in an attempt to continue the process I began last year of bringing our old, neglected orchard back…

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flowering fruit tree with bee

February in the Garden? Early Birds Reap the Finest Flowers and Fruit

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer [This article from the archives originally appeared February 1, 2013.] As I write this, I look out my window and can’t deny that nothing has changed in my garden for the last month. Perhaps certain sword ferns are laying a bit flatter than they were in December, and my ornamental grasses…

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November in the Garden? There’s Plenty to Do for Die Hards

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Thank you to our In the Garden sponsor Bay Hay & Feed. Even the most enthusiastic of gardeners welcome the late fall and winter months as a chance to sit by the fire, flip through the seed catalogs, and generally rest from the physical demands of their garden. If you…

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October in the Garden: Protect Your Beds and Seed that Lawn

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer October is the time to protect your garden with a green cover crop and leaf mulch; seed your lawn; plant garlic; and hold off on pruning your hydrangeas and ornamental grasses. Plant Your “Green Manure” Green manure is the term used to describe protecting your garden soil with a living plant,…

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stinkybob

Help Weed Warriors Pull Undesirables Like Stinky Bob from Waterfront Park Friday

Weed Warriors are back at it this week Friday, September 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Waterfront Park. They invite volunteers to come help remove invasive plant species like, yes, Stinky Bob, that smelly pink flower that has taken root around the Island and pushes out important natives like trillium and ferns. Other key…

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September in the Garden: Shepherd Your Yard into Fall

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer September is historically one of the best weather months in the Pacific Northwest. It has a high likelihood of being payback time for the cool June we shivered through. Still, our gardens are tipping us off to the rhythms of fall, with the plants showing signs of getting just plain…

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martha stewart at Bloedel

Martha Stewart Visits Bainbridge’s Bloedel Reserve

International celebrity and home and garden maven Martha Stewart spent a recent Saturday morning, August 17, visiting Bainbridge Island’s Bloedel Reserve, which she described as one of the most beautiful gardens she has visited. Bloedel Executive Director Ed Moydell showed Stewart around, along with about 10 people, including crew members and horticulturalist friends who, along…

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