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 Sound of One Leaf Flapping Posted Apr 09, 2014

This blog was submitted by Docent Judy Broom after a recent docent field trip. Readers are welcome to join the docent program. 

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+)

Upcoming Events

April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Dunn Gardens is hosting an Open House for rhododendron lovers (and plain old garden lovers too!).  Members and guests are invited to enjoy the beauty of the fresh, green season.  The pictured rhododendron is one named after Ed.

May 1, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Well-known garden writer, Marty Wingate, is also the Seattle-based author of The Garden Plot (Alibi, 2014), the first in the Potting Shed mystery series about an American gardener in England. The Garden Plot, Alibi, debu

May 8, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Kia Ora: In the New Zealand Spring a group from the Dunn Gardens visited the North and South Islands and saw a breathtaking range of gardens.

June 22, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

If you have been on an estate garden tour of gardens you will know already this is a special and signature event offered by the Dunn Gardens. So special, in fact, we have had requests to plan another.

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



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