Clark Townsend introduced speaker Ed Moydell. Ed has been with the Reserve just 3 months but is a knowledgable and educated spokesperson for Bloedel Reserve and the America Public Gardens Association.
 
The Bloedel Reserve comprises approximately 150 acres on Bainbridge Island Washington, where it is blessed by the mild, moist climate of Puget Sound. About 84 acres are second growth forest. The remainder are altered landscapes, including various gardens, ponds and meadows.

The Reserve was once the home of the Bloedel Family, which is primarily responsible for its growth and development. The vision of the Bloedels is now interpreted and extended by the Arbor Fund.

Ed spoke about the growth of public gardens through history and how they benefit society. He outlined the various characteristics of great gardens, their challenges and opportunities. He envisions the Reserves expanding their community support system by making the reserve more accessible for small events. Like many public gardens they are challenged with increasing expenses and financial need.

The gardens are open Wed-Sun 10am to 4pm. Reservations are no longer required, but you can call ahead to inquire about quieter visiting days. And you can make reservations online if you choose. They are now open on the following holiday dates:
Labor Day (Monday, September 7, 2009)
Memorial Day (Monday, May 31, 2010)
Fourth of July (Sunday, July 4, 2010)
Labor Day (Monday, September 6, 2010)

Bloedel Reserve website http://www.bloedelreserve.org/