Monday, August 1, 2011

Garden Party

Yesterday my mom and I attended an Art Walk and Garden Party at Dunn Gardens. This little-known garden is 10 acres of beauty nestled in the Broadview neighborhood of North Seattle. I had never heard of the gardens (much less the neighborhood!) and was delighted when my mom invited me to this afternoon Garden Party. What a civilized, grown-up thing to do on a Sunday afternoon!

The plot was designed in the early 1900s by the famous Olmstead Brothers of Massachusetts who are well-known for Central Park and our own Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.  There are three modest homes on the property nestled into the beautiful landscape that has views of Puget Sound. When the clouds finally disappeared yesterday, Dunn Gardens sparkled.

The first line on the homepage of the Dunn Gardens website sums up this treasured spot perfectly:

“As the narrow drive to Dunn Gardens winds through towering Douglas firs, suburban Seattle recedes, and the pace slows down.”

Indeed, our pace did slow down yesterday for a few hours while we sipped chilled Sauvignon Blanc and wandered through the garden paths and admired beautiful art from 26 local artists. Here I share some of my favorite art, flowers and vistas with you. Enjoy!

Dunn Gardens offers docent-led tours April through October (except August). Fall and spring are the best times to visit for color.  Visit their website for more information. 

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