2015 TREC Planting Project: Cleaning up the historic Dunn Gardens

Around 30 REALTORS® and Affiliates volunteered October 16, 2015 at the historic Dunn Gardens in Seattle. Located in Seattle’s Broadview neighborhood, the former “country getaway” for a prominent Seattle family reflects a love of plants and the ideals of the esteemed Olmsted Brothers Landscape firm that designed Dunn Gardens in 1915. Led by grounds manager Zsolt Lehoczky and docent coordinators Bonnie Chester and Judy Broom, the volunteers removed invasive ivy, holly, blackberries and planted natives in their place. This completed work marks the ninth year of The REALTORS® Environmental Council (TREC) project, a combined educational/volunteer initiative.

“We’re thrilled to have partnered with Dunn Gardens during their centennial celebration,” said David Crowell, SKCR’s director of governmental and public affairs. He noted the goal in forming TREC was to bring together REALTORS and the community for environmental stewardship projects and to help preserve healthy, natural habits to enhance our neighborhoods. “Like the Olmsted architects, we share the belief that landscape architecture can improve the quality of life of Americans,” Crowell added.

A hot soup and sandwich lunch was provided and sponsored by SKCR Affiliate members.