Call for Submissions – Earth Day

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and Appreciation of Seattle’s Parks


Do you have a favorite photo, memory, or personal artwork that involves one of our Olmsted parks or boulevards, or any of our city parks? In these days of self-containment, do you find yourself growing introspective about Seattle’s striking surroundings or its colorful history? We’d love to see and hear from you!

With the global outbreak of COVID-19, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks is revisiting some of its springtime plans, including events to honor Earth Day 50 years after its founding. So, to mark this Anniversary, Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks would like to collect and share images and mementos that celebrate Seattle’s great outdoors.

Lawton Park (photo credit: Gretchen van Etten- Semke)


In this time of having to reinvent how we conduct our daily lives, FSOP also remembers how our larger city environment has been reshaped and its landscapes re-purposed over many decades. Our older Olmsted parks both directed and responded to Seattle’s early development, as have more recently acquired park properties. In normal times, these outdoor spaces provide opportunities for group recreation and outdoor events, socializing, immersion into native woodland settings, distant mountain views, and scenic panoramas.  While we cannot currently partake in all these activities, we can express gratitude and appreciation for how they are made possible. We encourage everyone to share ways that Seattle’s parks are meaningful to them, in whatever medium or form is digitally suitable.

Frink Park (Seattle Municipal Archives #178408)


We also feel this will be a great way to connect and share happy memories with each other, particularly during this time of extraordinary containment and isolation due to coronavirus.



We will assemble entries into a slide show, which will be posted on our website and Facebook page on April 22.

So, if you have a photo, sketch, poem, musing, written piece or memory you’d like to share, please send it to or to And keep your eyes peeled for the final display!

Deadline for submissions is Saturday, April 18. Digital submissions only, please.

Steps to Mt. Baker Park Beach
(watercolor sketch by Virginia Newman)

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