Dunn Gardens was developed by the well-known brand of Olmsted Brothers in 1915 and was successfully nominated for the National and State Register of Historical Sites in 1994. The maintenance of the old Dunn Gardens scenery for pleasure and community awareness is at the core of the founding vision of the institution. The 7-acre landscaped gardens are situated in the middle of the permanent Seattle, with views over the Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound. Dunn Gardens is one of the only landscapes in Washington, DC where the public can feel the Olmsted philosophy of design in the setting of a garden planned as a personal estate.
A grandiose blended awning of ripe deciduous species and soaring shades of Douglas Firs are intricate folds of bushes and bedding plants, a miraculous ancient rhododendron, and suggestions from the native Pacific Northwest forest. The inheritance has its origins in the Olmsted Garden, but it has cared for and planted trees for more than 100 years, and as a consequence different influences made it what it is today. The majestic trees’ appearance is such that the garden’s attendees are still profoundly affected by their splendid existence, frequently unknowingly, as they wander through this exceptional metropolitan landscape.
Dunn Gardens has been available to the general public since 1993. In 2019, Dunn Gardens welcomed more than 3,500 visitors on guided tours, open days, classes, talks and events. It is through these training sessions that we educate new audiences about the importance of conservation in historic gardens, the subtleties and issues that preservation of living landscapes represents, and the firm’s position as the Olmstead Brothers in planning private and community green spaces in the Seattle area.
Regular excursions run approximately from April 1 to July and September 1 to October. The orchards shut down in August and on days when specific activities are scheduled.
Excursions take about 1.5-2 hours and are held in the following days:
Thursdays: 1 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m.
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