About the Gardens

The esteemed Olmsted Brothers Landscape firm designed the Dunn Gardens in 1915. One hundred years later the vision of the Gardens as a place of timeless grace has been realized. Notable features include naturalistic groupings of trees, broad lawns with borders of shrubs, and woodland walks.  Plants range from diminutive erythroniums to large rhododendrons and towering Douglas firs.


The E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust is dedicated to conserving historically significant gardens in the Northwest. Specific purposes of the Garden Trust include: Conservation of the Dunn Gardens for use and enjoyment of the public; conservation of other historically significant gardens in the Northwest; and public education about the history, horticulture, restoration and preservation of gardens in the Northwest.

2014 Annual Appeal

Dear Friends,

       In 2014 The Dunn Gardens has been “oh so good!”
            Record Number of Docent-Led Tours
      Magnificent Estate Garden Tour in The Highlands
          Family Fun with Mallets in Wonderland II
            Scintillating Workshops and Lectures
          Readying Archives for public use in 2015
     Website Updates bringing our plant collection alive
                    4Culture Grant for irrigation
  We saw many of you in our Dunn Gardens’ neighborhood!

From the Garden Blog

Giving More than it Takes Posted Dec 12, 2014

The vast beauty of both Brazil and Switzerland stunned me during extended stays this year in both countries. But what I could not find in either land was a garden equivalent to the Dunn. To be sure there were horticultural experiences to be had.

Visiting & Tours

The Dunn Gardens are open to the public for docent-led guided tours.

Our regular tour schedule runs from April 1 through July, and from September 1 through October. The gardens are closed in August and on those days on which special events are scheduled.

Tours last about 1.5 hours and are held on the following days:

  • Thursdays: 1 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. 

Reservations must be made in advance.

Admission: $10.00, $5 for seniors (65+)

The Next Hundred Years

Planning for the Dunn Gardens Centennial in 2015 has included formulating plans to sustain the Gardens over the next one hundred years. Click here for the complete Vision Statement.

Photographers, please read about our Centennial Garden Photo contest.

Upcoming Events

January 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Gayle Richardson's talk about garden books will be full of  ideas, plenty

February 11, 2015 - 9:00am to February 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Visit the Dunn Gardens booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and learn about us and our 2015 Centennial events.

February 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Dunn Gardens welcomes members and their guests to view the snowdrops, those cheerful, white heralds of warmer

March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Dunn Gardens regards naturalist, Woody Wheeler, as our own since he has given a number of successful birding classes at the Gardens. (And another to follow, April 14th.)

April 2, 2015 - 1:00pm to August 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

April 2. Put a ring around it. That is the date when the Dunn Gardens will be open for docent-led tours in our Centennial year.


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