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

A Place for the Heart and Head Posted Jul 23, 2014

After visiting the Dunn Gardens a visitor once wrote us that it was a place to visit with the heart as well as the head.

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 Meaning of a Garden

Beth Weir, our own Executive Director, has written an e-book on gardens which is now available for the Amazon Kindle at $2.99. Go to the Kindle Store for more information or to purchase this e-book. Proceeds benefit the Dunn Gardens.

Upcoming Events

July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Travel "down the rabbit hole" and enjoy an afternoon of croquet on the lawn, children's activities, music, food, and fun for everyone!

August 16, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

SOMETHING NEW at the DUNN GARDENS: An added Membership Benefit 

September 30, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Please join us for this demonstration and popular hands-on class. Learn how to arrange greens, flowers and seed pods from your garden into a casual cottage style organic bouquet. Basic floral design prinicplesand hand outs will be provided. 

October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Fall Foliage Festival is a loved event by Dunn Supporters who believe the Dunn is at its best in the autumn. Our Membership Thank You Event

Free for members

Non-Members:  $10   Family: $20  Donation Requested

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.

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