Summer 2015 Walking Tours Announced

Getting to Know the Seattle Olmsted Park System

Join us for monthly walking tours in Seattle’s Olmsted parks and start your weekend with a dose of beauty, nature, and history! They are held on 3rd Saturdays (except August) and begin at 10:00 AM, lasting approximately two hours. Appropriate for all ages. These walks are free and open to all, and go on rain or shine. There is no need to register in advance. Contact for more information about specific tours.

2015 Summer Walking Tour Schedule

May 16th
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition at the University of Washington campus
Meet at the entrance to the Burke Museum.

June 20th
Washington Park Arboretum
Meet at the Graham Visitor Center.

July 18th
Madrona Park and Frink Park
Meet at Leschi Elementary School parking lot.

September 19th
Volunteer Park
Meet at the Black Sun sculpture across from the Seattle Asian Art Museum.
*This is the FSOP annual meeting, please join us for potluck lunch after the tour.

colorized photo from old postcard showing aerial view of central plaza, bordered by red-roofed buildings, with cascading pools to large round pool, all centered on-axis with a distant view to Mt. Rainier. Text on postcard reads, "Mt. Rainier and Court of Honor, as seen from the US Government Building, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, Wash., 1909. (Official Post Card)"
Rainier Vista, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, 1909. Courtesy J&A Collection.

Dunn Gardens Centennial Garden Photo Contest

The E.B. Dunn Historic Garden Trust is celebrating the centennial of their Olmsted-designed garden in 2015. As part of the year-long festivities, they are inviting the public to submit photos of the garden taken between October 2014 and October 2015 for a contest. Winners will receive a free membership to the Trust and have their photos enlarged, framed, and placed in the on-site classroom for visitors to enjoy.

The Trust will display the submitted photos on their website over the course of the year and announce the winners at the Centennial Fall Foliage Festival, to be held on Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Mike Siegel, The Seattle Times garden photographer, will be one of the jury members who will choose winners in two categories: Landscape and Detail. Contest rules and further information can be found on the Dunn Gardens website.

Photos may be taken at any time the garden is open to visitors. For a schedule of open dates, tours, and special events, see the Visiting & Tours page.

black and white photo of two brick pillars and gate open to a snow-covered drive bordered by tall evergreen trees.
Original entrance to Dunn Gardens, off 3rd Avenue. Courtesy Dunn Gardens Archives.

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Olmsted 200. Celebrating Parks for All People

We are a proud partner of the Olmsted 200 campaign, a nationwide bicentennial birthday celebration of the democratic values and enduring influence of the visionary American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Join the celebration at