From the Garden Blog

Published: 08/08/2017

Lavender is to herbs what roses are to flowers: an aristocratic bloom that has fascinated people over the centuries. Besides the distinctive, beguiling smell and the wow factor when looking at a field of the bushes in bloom, lavender is reputed to be able to soothe anything that ails you.

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.


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What’s Happening Now

New—The Tuesday Wander: As of June 6, the Dunn Gardens will be open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm every Tuesday. Members and their guests, up to a party of four, are invited to stroll about at their leisure, enjoy the scenery, the blooms of the moment and take photographs. All we ask is that visitors check in at the office upon arrival. Dogs are not permitted. Call the office (206 362 0933) or email for further information. 

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

September 2, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Open Saturday: Open days have become favorite events for members and nonmembers alike when the regular tour is suspended and visitors are invited  to wander the grounds at leisure. 

Lavender wands
September 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

In Medieval times, lavender was considered a precious herb and a source of healing. When you see and smell a lavender plant in bloom it is not hard to see why.

September 19, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


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