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.

Donate to The Dunn Gardens

Preservation of the Dunn Gardens is dependent on your generosity.

You can donate to the Dunn Gardens Endowment, General Funding, or for a specific purpose.

Your gifts are tax-deductible. Thank you for your support. 



From the Garden Blog

South Africa and 'Docenting' Posted Jun 28, 2015

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.

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+)

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.

Upcoming Events

April 2, 2015 - 1:00pm to August 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

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.

July 19, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

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.

July 23, 2015 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Centennial Celebration of the Olmsted Legacy to be held on the Great Lawn

August 8, 2015 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Centennial Event of the Season: Dunnton Abbey

September 5, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Take advantage of this membership benefit.


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