Upcoming Events

Open House: Rhododendron Stroll
Sunday, 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. Dunn who tended the Dunn Gardens so we can enjoy it today.

Refreshments offered. 

There is no charge but members and guests are asked to RSVP.

Garden Writer and Novelist Marty Wingate: Book Reading
Thursday, 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, debutes May 2014.  In an entirely appealing mystery debut, Marty Wingate introduces readers to a curious Texas ex-pat whose English gardening expertise leads her to unearth murderous goings-on.  Marty's gardener is Pru Park who has always dreamed of living in England. In a gardening gig in Chelsea she makes an extraordinary find. Digging in the soil of a potting shed, Pru uncovers an ancient Roman mosaic. But enthusiasm over her discovery is soon dampened when she finds a man’s bludgeoned corpse two days later in the same spot ... the mystery is launched!

Marty has written for Perennials for the Pacific Northwest (Sasquatch Books) and Landscaping for Privacy (Timber Press). Her garden articles appear in a variety of publications, she is a regular guest on KUOW (94.9 FM), Seattle’s NPR station, and on the podcast A Dry Rain, available through iTunes. Her Web site is: martywingate.com  
Come and hear Marty talk about her new book (and the two to follow) at the Dunn Gardens. It will be a grand night for literary and garden lovers alike. 

Members: $10.00 Nonmembers: $12.00.

Refreshments: 6.30 pm

Sharing New Zealand Gardens
Thursday, 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. These gardeners will bring their pictures, stories, and commentary about that experience to a presentation at the Dunn Gardens on May 8. They will offer some New Zealand wine as well as their stories so come come early for your glass and refreshments.  For a preview of the sights and gardens in New Zealand visit the gallery.

Refreshments: 6.30

Lecture: 7.00

Cost: $10.00 Members $12.00 Non-members

2014 Northwest Seattle Estate Garden Tour
Sunday, 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.  And this is it! The Dunn Gardens is offering a garden tour of three gardens and a newly constructed park in the Highlands on Sunday,  June 22, 2014. Wine and refreshments offered at the end of the tour.  For a taster of the sights that will be available on the tour check out our gallery.

Early Bird Special: Members: $75.00 per person  Nonmembers:  $85.00 per person up to and including May 31, 2014. $100 per person for tickets purchased June 1, 2014. (The estimated fair-market value of this tour is $40.)

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Photo by Marta Horvath.

Mallets in Wonderland
Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm


Travel "down the rabbit hole" and enjoy an afternoon of croquet on the lawn, children's activities, music, food and fun for everyone!EARLY BIRD SPECIALS for tickets purchased on or before July 10, 2014:    Members: $35.00    Nonmembers: $45.00    Family: $90.00

Tickets after July 10, 2014:   Members: $40.00  Nonmembers: $50.00   Family: $100.00

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Class: Garden Ornament - Concrete Leaf
Monday, August 4, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Instructor: Gayle Harris

Enjoy an afternoon sipping ice tea and creating a beautiful concrete leaf that you will be able to enjoy in your own garden or house. The leaf will be of medium size (approx. 12" x 15" or so) and a pigmented color will be added to the concrete. Gayle is also happy to tour you through her garden to provide inspiration for the art project you will be doing. Come dressed in jeans, bring an apron, or make sure to wear an old shirt. Please bring a pair of thin rubber gloves and wear comfortable shoes.  Gayle has been making concrete leaves and benches for the last fifteen year. She is an artist who works with many different media.  Class must have 4 participants to make. Size Limit: 8 participants     Cost: $100