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 and horticulturally 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
I was a docent before I became the Executive-Director. The former position is volunteer work, so the job does not endanger the family’s tax bracket. But the fringe benefits are significant. Incalculable, in fact.
The Dunn Gardens Centennial Year
Please be sure to view the Centennial Video to learn more about The Dunn Gardens and its history.
Preparation for the Dunn Gardens Centennial in 2015 has included formulating plans to sustain the Gardens over the next one hundred years. Click here for the complete Vision Statement.
Photographers, please read about our Centennial Garden Photo contest.
April 2. Put a ring around it. That is the date when the Dunn Gardens will be open for docent-led tours in our Centennial year.
A toe-tapping summer afternoon on the Great Lawn with lively music, friends, refreshing drinks and great beauty all around will make you feel glad to be alive.
Centennial Celebration of the Olmsted Legacy to be held on the Great Lawn
Centennial Event of the Season: Dunnton Abbey
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