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The Bloedel Reserve
Photo: Richard A. Brown

The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, Washington

Prentice Bloedel, a top executive for a timber company, loved nature. That's not the contradiction that it might seem; his company led the industry in recycling and reforestation. For their home, Prentice and wife, Virginia, shaped 150 acres on Bainbridge Island into an oasis of tranquillity. It's now an arboretum open to the public―by reservation only, to safeguard the serenity. Paths wander along meadows, marshes, forests, and ponds populated with waterfowl. The loudest sound you hear may be your own reverential breathing; 206/842-7631 or

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