From the Garden Blog

Published: 01/08/2018

In the very practical country and times in which I grew up in New Zealand, Valentine’s Day was not celebrated. So, when my husband and I moved to the US I was confused about the customs surrounding the celebration.

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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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.

What’s Happening Now!

Pictured, Beth Weir, Executive Director, Lead Gardener, Mark Mosinski (seated) and Matthew Brumley of Earthbound Expeditions at the studio of NPR KNKX recording programs on Dunn Gardens and Israel: plants, people and sights in Israel. The smiles suggest the activity was fun -it was. We will keep you posted on when the programs will air. Wheeee! Our 15 minutes of fame.

Visiting & Tours

Outside of fundraising events there are three different ways to visit the garden and explore the wonders of an Olmsted Brothers design: Wanders, Open Days and Tours

New Membership Benefit in 2018 - Open Wanders on Tuesday and Friday
April - October: The garden is open for members and three guests to wander the grounds at will, take pictures, eat a picnic on the lawn or simply to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the shadows.

Upcoming Events

February 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Want to do something different for Valentine's Day this year? Of course you do. Dunn Gardens will be offering a special evening of food and wine in the original home of Ed Dunn on the grounds of the garden. 

February 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The first order of business in 2018, well pleasure actually

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

Best-selling author Marty Wingate shares her love of Britain in two mystery series, the Potting Shed books, featuring Pru Parke, a middle-aged American gardener transplanted from Texas to En

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