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Founder’s Weekend at Bloedel Reserve
Bloedel Reserve Founder’s Weekend is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 20.
Just what is that tree by the Gate House? How long does it take to rake the Rock Garden? Who designed the visitor’s center? What was Prentice Bloedel trying to accomplish at the reserve? And how will the reserve interpret his vision for the future?
All of these questions and more will be answered at the reserve’s Founder’s Weekend. The public is welcome to come celebrate Bloedel's 25th anniversary at a weekend full of lectures, tours and reduced admission.
There will be reduced adult admission ($7) on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20; children 12 and younger get in for free and students 13 through college age can visit for $5 with ID.
Lectures and walks are free with admission. Walks require pre-registration at brownpapertickets.com.
Thursday, Oct. 17:
7 p.m.: Feathered Architects: The Fascinating World of Bird Nests with Idie Ulsh. This slide-show presentation will explore how birds construct their nests. (Register in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com. Cost: $10/member, $12/non-member)
Friday, Oct. 18:
11 a.m.: Walking Tour - Founders' and Native Tree I.D. walk led by staff Horticulturalist Darren Strenge. (Limited to 15 participants. Register in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com.)
Saturday, Oct. 19:
11 a.m.: Walking Tour - Plant I.D. walk led by staff horticulturalist Jim Allen. (Limited to 15 participants. Register in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com.)
11:30 a.m.: Presentation - Developing the Grounds, Dick Brown. (Included with admission.)
1 p.m.: Presentation - Bloedel Reserve: Looking Ahead, Ed Moydell. (Included with admission.)
2:30 p.m.: Presentation - Highlights of the Japanese Garden & Restoration, Bob Braid. (Included with admission.)
Sunday, Oct. 20:
11 a.m.: Walking Tour - Founders' Plant I.D. walk led by staff Horticulturalist Andy Moss.
Limited to 15 participants. Register in advance at BrownPaperTickets.com.
12:30 p.m.: Presentation - Master Plan, Ed Moydell. (Included with admission.)
2 p.m.: Presentation - Architecture of Bloedel Reserve with Bob Jakubik. (Included with admission.)
5 p.m.: Keynote Event - The Healing Power of Nature with Sally Schauman.
Landscape architect and Duke University professor Sally Schauman will discuss the connection between nature and healing, a concept that very much interested Prentice Bloedel, as well as the implications of what this connection means for a place like the reserve in the future. (Pre-registration required. $10 for members, $12 for non-members. Register at BrownPaperTickets.com.)