Elandan Gardens, Bremerton

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  • Setting next to Puget Sound, the shear beauty of these gardens is just amazing. The walking paths has dozens of beautiful bonsai that show the hand of a true masters work. There are individual stories...  more »
  • They specialize in bonsai and have some very ancient and beautiful trees. There are also sculptures and views across the bay to hold your interest. $8 a piece. On Hwy 16 just south of where it merges ...  more »
  • A must visit for anyone who appreciates plants. Both evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs. Enjoyed time talking with Dan. Such care and passion for his daily work. Location on the water. Must be ...  more »
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  • My husband and I just tried to stop by and visit the museum, we were met at the door by two barking dogs. Unsure how to proceed whether they are friendly or not there was no one around to tell us. Left pretty disappointed. I had heard really nice things. Very pretty outside.
  • Botanist Dan Robinson has been working with and collecting bonsai trees for more than 60 years, but some of his trees have been around for nearly 20 times that long. Robinson has become a go-to expert on bonsai trees; he even developed new methods of caring for and shaping them. He travels, giving lectures and workshops on the trees. His personal collection, at Elandan Gardens in Washington state, features of over 200 bonsai trees arranged among ponds, waterfalls, and rock sculptures. It has become a major draw for horticulture lovers. His trees have been gathered over the course of his life from all kinds of environments, from mountains and marshes to areas ravaged by logging to old nurseries. The ages are determined by counting the rings on clippings of the roots or branches through microscopes. Japanese Maples and giant rhododendrons help fill out the rest of Elandan Gardens, which also has a gallery and a stunning view of the Sinclair Inlet on the Puget Sound. Know Before You Go Visiting in the spring and summer is good for seeing the trees in bloom, but their foliage makes an autumn visit striking as well. One of the most interesting things about bonsai trees is their usually gnarly underlying structure, which is most visible in the winter.
  • Being in the area for a short period of time, we wanted to see various parks and such. This sounded like a great place to visit. Checked out their web site and decided to risk going. It's not easy to get to. We had to go past and make a U turn because we were going East/South on Hwy 16 and it's inaccessible from that side. Okay, fine. Traffic was horrid but we made it. Figured the garden would be a nice way to relax. It's not readily apparent where to enter. The door to the gift shop is hidden, and even from the small parking lot it wasn't easy to see. Once you find it and go in, it's a wonderfully eclectic mix of things. A lot of Japanese-style clothing, bonsai, and various other knick-knacks and kitsch. However, there is an $8/person charge to go into the garden. That wasn't mentioned at all on their website. With all the free parks in the area, I didn't want to spring for admission. Big disappointment. The woman in the gift shop was friendly enough, to be sure. My only complaint is that they don't mention the admission charge for the garden. It was an unpleasant surprise.
  • We just had a 50 year old, beautiful, Japanese maple chopped down. It was perfectly healthy until it was "pruned" by the person from Elandan Gardens a few years ago. It has gotten sicker each year. Several botanists have told us they believe this was the cause of its death. The gardens may be beautiful but we strongly urge you not to hire them to care for your tree. In response to the owner's statement that no services were provided to me, services were provided to our family, probably noted under my spouse Charles Meade's name. The review stands.
  • A FANTASTIC place to visit if you enjoy bonsai and gardens. Dan Robinson has over 300 bonsai at the garden, one tree is over 2000 years old! The garden's store has some amazing items from all over the world, there are even some bonsai for sale.

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