Gardens & Farms
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It’s no surprise that Bainbridge Island, like the rest of our region, receives a lot of rainfall. But it’s what we do with the rain that makes the island unique.
We pride ourselves in maintaining abundant natural beauty with vibrant green spaces and lush, colorful gardens and farms.
Come and explore nature’s restorative power at these stunning on and off-island treasures.
Bainbridge Island is a garden-lovers delight, captivating any time of year. Lose yourself in the vibrant, colorful blooms of spring and summer, the abundant oranges and reds of fall, and winter’s cool beauty.
One of the Pacific Northwest’s best examples of natural beauty is the world-class Bloedel Reserve, a true wonder of nature and an incredible island treasure. Named one of the 10 Best Botanical Gardens in North America, this 150-acre sanctuary features a series of curated gardens, structural features, and distinctive landscape. The well-groomed trails take you through a peaceful Bird Marsh, a stunning Japanese Garden, a mysterious Moss Garden, and more. Open year-round, with special seasonal events. Be sure to check out the gift shop for gorgeous nature-inspired books and gifts.
Another charming example of natural northwest beauty is Bainbridge Gardens, a 6-acre family-run garden center in business for over 60 years. In addition to the gorgeous displays of local plants, you will find the Harui Memorial Garden, a tribute to founder Zenhichi Harui.
Housed in the old Rodal building circa 1912, Bay Hay and Feed, a working garden, gift, and feed store, is a throwback to a different era. It’s a place perfect for browsing beautiful plants and garden blossoms. The garden store features a great selection of handmade Bainbridge Island gifts, pottery, tools, books, local food and wines, and other goodies. Look for the iconic Bay Hay and Feed gear to take home as a souvenir.
Based on the 13th Century French Chartres Cathedral labyrinth design, Halls Hill Labyrinth is a secret destination for visitors “in the know.” Garden designer and stone artist Jeff Bale created the intriguing mosaic using color, symbols, patterns, and numerology with stones found on Bainbridge Island beaches. It’s a perfect place to slow down, breathe, and quietly meditate. As you leave, embrace the energy and ring the bronze prayer wheel.
Preserving a heritage of local and sustainable farming is tremendously valued on the Island. Friends of the Farms works to protect and support local agriculture, and many working farms dot the island. The resulting bounty can be found every Saturday from April until December at the delightful Farmer’s Market and in many Island restaurants featuring locally-sourced ingredients.
No seasonal island tour is complete without a stop-over at historic Suyematsu Farms. The Farm Stand, located on Day Road, offers a delightful assortment of delicious and bright in-season fruits and vegetables. In the summer, pick raspberries, pumpkins in the fall, or select a fresh Christmas tree in December.
Another gorgeous destination is HeyDay Farm, a family-owned 25-acre sustainable farm. Call in advance to reserve a table at the ever-popular, seasonal farm-to-table dinners. Stay in a beautifully restored guest room in the historic 1890s farmhouse. And don’t miss the Hey Day Market store in Lynwood Center, where you can pick up locally raised meats, eggs, produce, and gifts.
Sweetlife Farm is a sweet hidden gem on ten wooded acres with abundant wildlife and lovely Northwest architecture. The farm is famous for producing handcrafted oils, salts, jams, natural personal care products, and more. Call to book a private shopping appointment. For a unique glamping experience, book a night or two in the cute and comfortable Tipi.
Bring the whole family to pick delicious blueberries during the season at Bainbridge Island Blueberry Company, a two-acre, 100-year-old farm located just above Rolling Bay. In addition to fresh blueberries, cut fresh dahlias or purchase a lovely bouquet to take home.
Extend your stay on Bainbridge Island by taking day trips to these incredible neighboring areas.
- Heronswood, is a 5.5-acre garden that combines formal beds with natural woodland gardens, and features a vast array of rare trees, shrubs, vines and perennials collected from around the world. The highlights of Heronswood include a potager (pronounced poe ta jay) precisely edged with boxwood, a hornbeam hedge in which branches are braided to form double-decker arches, and a fountain that resembles a Roman ruin.
- You’ll find an incredible Dahlia garden in nearby Port Gamble, planted by the Kitsap County Dahlia Society. The colorful dahlias have become a big draw for visitors to Port Gamble and are worth a look!
- Elandan Gardens is a one-of-a-kind garden that features more than 200 ancient bonsai trees, native plants, waterfalls, and sculptures. This beautiful 6-acre space was once a landfill. The reclaimed natural space now attracts a variety of eagles and osprey and visitors from around the world. Look for the 700-year-old mountain hemlock that founder Dan Robinson found in a cliff-top crevasse on Vancouver Island.
- With a hillside overlooking the Port Washington Narrows, Albers Vista Gardens is not to be missed. Over a thousand aesthetically arranged plants provide color and lushness in every season, in 15 distinct garden areas, featuring strategically placed art.You can still see fruit trees remaining from the original orchard. Be sure to check out the gazebo and the main house surrounded by old-growth native madrone and maple trees.