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Reserve earns garden award

The Bloedel Reserve was already celebrating summer.

Now the 150-acre north- end attraction is celebrating a “Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence” bestowed by the American Public Garden Association.

The award is given annually to gardens that exemplify the highest standards of horticulture practices.

It was presented to the reserve June 25 at a ceremony in Pasadena, Calif.

“The Bloedel Reserve is a unique example of a special kind of garden,” said Bloedel Executive Director Richard Brown.

“It is a place, unlike most public gardens, that minimizes its messages to its visitors. Rather, it provides a high quality environment within which the visitors are given ample opportunity to receive messages from nature.”

The reserve was honored for its outstanding design and horticultural displays; gardening practices that are appropriate to a local or regional environment and reflect environmentally-informed horticulture; having a commitment to plant collections; demonstrating a commitment to the national horticultural community; and encouraging students of gardening at all levels through innovative practices.

Other gardens honored in 2008 by APGA included the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and the Morton Arboretum.

The reserve will celebrate its 20th anniversary in October.

Hear gunfire? It’s only a drill

Don’t be alarmed if you hear muffled gunfire in the Eagle Harbor ferry maintenance yard today; it’s only a drill.

The Washington State Patrol SWAT team will be practicing tactical maneuvers in the facility Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The drill will include the use of simulated ammunition, so passersby may hear subdued “pops” from the facility, a WSP release said.

The release said the exercise is designed to help WSP teams practice coordinated response to a maritime threats.

Marathon is this weekend

Human-powered boats will be on the water Saturday for the 26th Annual Bainbridge Marathon.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m., with a mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:45 a.m. at Fay Bainbridge State Park.

Participants should be experienced, and can choose between the full- and half-marathon courses.

For more information call (206) 524-1496.

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