May 25th (Wednesday) 10:30 — Explore the Bloedel Reserve — Visit The Japanese Memorial Wall on Bainbridge Island
The spectacular 150-acre Bloedel Reserve has been described as a forest garden that was created by Virginia and Prentice Bloedel, under “the influence of the conservation movement and Asian philosophy.” The Reserve contains a lovely Japanese garden, lakes, lawns, woods, a stone garden, a moss garden, a rhododendron glen, and a reflection garden. The Bledel’s’ French Chateau-style home, including many original furnishings, is preserved as a visitor center. It takes about 2 hours to tour the gardens.
Next, we will visit The Memorial Wall which commemorates the 276 Japanese and Japanese Americans who were exiled from their Bainbridge Island homes under President Roosevelt’s Order during World War II. The memorial also celebrates the Island Community which defended its Japanese-American friends and neighbors, supported them while away, and welcomed them home again.
Bloedel Reserve- 7571 NE Dolphin DR, Bainbridge Island, 98110. Park opens at 10:00 (We will enter the Reserve at the time of our reservation, 10:30) You must make a reservation ahead of the event. Japanese Memorial — 4192 Eagle Harbor Dr, Bainbridge Island (Located in Pritchard Park)
Buy Tickets: ONLINE – bloedelreserve.org; Select “Timed Tickets” May 25th 10:30. Cost is a $15 for seniors (65+) and, $20 for general tickets. Note: You need to buy tickets ahead of time
Transportation: You may drive on your own or share a ride with a carpool.
Meet For carpools: Meet at UPC West Car Lot at 8:00. If you do join a carpool, please pay the driver $15 to cover your share of expenses.
Info About Ferry: Senior rate: $14.05 for car and driver (under 14’) or $18.55 (under 22’). Passengers or walk on person pays $4.60 The ferry leaves Seattle at 9:35 AM, but boards about 20 minutes earlier. Be sure to be early for the ferry. Return to Seattle when you wish. 1:15, 2:05, 2:55, 3:50PM and 4:45PM
Lunch: After going to the Reserve and the Memorial, let’s go to lunch on the island – lots of yummy restaurants!
Questions or to sign-up: Contact Suzanne Lee-Odell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-392-6742