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.

From the Garden Blog

The Eye of the Beholder Posted Sep 28, 2014

“Wow!  This would be a great spot for a golf course.”

This was for many years the highest praise my spouse might utter for scenic beauty – whether we were looking at the wild beauty of a natural landscape or the symmetry of a meticulously man-made garden.

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

December 2, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Please join us for this popular and hands-on class with Jennifer Carlson. Learn how to arrange greens, flowers, seed pods, and cones from your winter garden in a casual cottage-style arrangement for your holiday table.

December 14, 2014 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Our Annual Solstice Stroll is back.

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


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