Looking for a day trip to entertain Labor Day visitors? When you’re done with Bumbershoot, head for Bainbridge Island, where the famed Bloedel Reserve public garden celebrates its 25th anniversary with the Friday opening of its first-ever outdoor sculpture exhibit.
The 150-acre garden, the former estate of timber baron Prentice Bloedel and his wife, Virginia, is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 gardens in the nation. The exhibit, entitled “An Experience: Sculpture in the Landscape,” features 12 unique pieces by Northwest sculptor Julie Speidel. The artworks will be installed throughout the grounds in key areas including the Moss Garden, Japanese Garden, and on a bluff overlooking Puget Sound. Speidel says she drew inspiration for the works from glacial erratic rocks found throughout the Pacific Northwest.
The sculpture exhibit, from Aug. 30 through Oct. 13, will be included in the regular price of admission to the garden: $5-$13, or free for children 12 and younger. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Find more information here.