From the Garden Blog

Published: 09/21/2017

The word downsize, to make smaller, comes to mind as the flowers fade and the leaves in the garden change color. Nature is in the midst of her yearly ritual of trimming back her decorations—the annual retrench.

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.

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What’s Happening Now!

Please Note: The tour season at the Dunn Gardens is closing the end of October. It has come to our attention that the Groupon Coupons have been oversold. As a result we will not be able to accommodate all holders this year on a tour. For this we apologize. Please hold your tickets and we will be happy to provide you with a tour in 2018 with your current coupon.

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

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

March 22, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

New to Dunn Gardens-  2018 Lecture Series: Gardens and Flora From Around the World

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