E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust Programs
Proper maintenance of the gardens is top priority. Curators Charles Price and Glenn Withey work with the board conservation committee to ensure adherence to the spirit of the Olmsted plans and simultaneously build a sustainable, vibrant plant collection.
Education efforts are ongoing with a strong docent training program, classes, workshops, lectures, and outreach displays in the community. Volunteers work in the gardens, both informally and through organized groups (Seattle Works).
The Dunn Gardens work to be a model premier destination garden, in the forefront of a regional movement to conserve significant gardens of the Northwest. "Rooted in history and growing to the future"
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In support of its conservation mission the Dunn Gardens has recently completed a formal survey of all historic 'Heritage Trees' and a plan for maintenance of the same.
Recently acquired funding through 4Culture is permitting the establishment of the Dunn Gardens Archives in 2013. The archives will preserve the artifacts related to this historic garden and will be made available to the public and interested Olmsted scholars both in physical and digital form upon completion.
The Dunn Gardens Centennial will be celebrated in 2015 and plans are currently being formulated to honor the gardens' one hundred years.
As with any garden, maintenance is expensive and ongoing. Underwriting of the Centennial events is also welcomed.