The Dunn Gardens docent program is a great way to get involved in the community!

This energetic, well-informed group attends workshops, tours varying gardens, and acquires a detailed familiarity with the sophisticated plant palette in the Dunn Gardens and shares that knowledge with Dunn Gardens visitors. Docents serve as our 'ambassadors', leading groups of visitors through the gardens and interpreting its historic legacy. Volunteers lend an invaluable hand in myriad other ways.

Please let us know if you are interested in the Dunn Gardens docent program or sign up here to be a docent!

For more information, please contact us.

Docent Program Details

  • Training:  Spring orientation with meetings on periodic Tuesdays through tour season (April ~ October and closed August)
  • Study guide: Dunn Gardens notebook
  • Commitment: Lead four garden tours a year
  • Benefits:
    • Plant Identification classes with Dunn Gardens staff
    • Field trips to private and public gardens
    • Lectures by noted local horticultural experts
    • Enjoyable camaraderie while learning NW history, Olmsted design, and rare plants in a beautiful setting


  • Past Docent Events: 
    • Spring preview stroll
    • Erythronium Stroll
    • Docent meetings with speakers: David Jennings on roses and John Marheling on native bees
    • Private visit to "secret gardens" in Lake Forest Park
    • Fall plant ID class