From the Garden Blog

Published: 09/07/2017

I began thinking about trees, initially because they were absent and later because they were large. Bruce and I took a summer holiday in the UK in the course of which we walked around the Cornwall coast, an area notable for its rocky grandeur and spectacular views of the sea.

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.


To conserve the Dunn Gardens for public enjoyment and education, and to promote the preservation of other Northwest gardens of historical and horticultural significance.

Donate to The Dunn Gardens

Preservation of the Dunn Gardens is dependent on your generosity and we thank you for your support.
You can donate to the Dunn Gardens Endowment, General Funding, or for a specific purpose. Your gifts are tax-deductible.
Thank you.

Dunn Gardens Archive

The archive makes available the historic record of this cultural landscape and the enterprise of its conservation and interpretation.

What’s Happening Now

 It is a time of transition here at the Gardens and at present we are living with the robust summer flowers and the signs of fall. Pictured are the berries of the Rodgersia podophylla 'Rotlaub'.
Soon we will be celebrating the fall in full measure at the Fall Foliage Festival, October 22. Put a circle around the date on your calendar and join us in celebrating another glorious season at the Dunn Gardens. 


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. Reservations must be made in advance. Admission: $10.00, $5 for seniors (65+)

Upcoming Events

September 30, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This is our last open Saturday of 2017 when you have an opportunity to drift among the plantings at your own pace.

October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Our Annual Membership Thank you & Fundraiser.

Please join us for an afternoon of autumn color and fun activities for all ages:

November 9, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Speaker: Director of Horticulture and Historic Preservation, Quill Teal-Sullivan

Subscribe to Dunn Gardens RSS