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.

Donate to The Dunn Gardens

Preservation of the Dunn Gardens is dependent on your generosity. Please make a tax-deductible gift to the Dunn Gardens today.

From the Garden Blog

An indicator of who is really in charge is happening right now. As much as we fuss and cajole, any garden works at its own rhythms and in response to the elements. We know this when we watch the Galanthus nivalis break into glory; like premature babies they are here too soon.

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.

Planning 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

January 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Gayle Richardson's talk about garden books will be full of  ideas, plenty
enough to get you through the winter.

February 11, 2015 - 9:00am to February 15, 2015 - 6:00pm

Visit the Dunn Gardens booth at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and learn about us and our 2015 Centennial events.

February 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

At this time of year Dunn Gardens welcomes members and their guests to view the snowdrops, those cheerful, white heralds of warmer times ahead.

March 22, 2015 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Spring is always a charm and nowhere more so than in the Dunn Gardens.
View the new blooms at the Spring Preview Open Day.
Better yet, bring a friend.

The event is free to members. 
Nonmembers: donation requested.

March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Dunn Gardens regards naturalist, Woody Wheeler, as our own since he has given a number of successful birding classes at the Gardens. (And another to follow, April 14th.)


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