Celebrate spring with a visit to one of our city's garden treasures - the E. B. Dunn Gardens in north Seattle which is opening for tours starting April 1. This Olmsted-designed sanctuary may be known for its fall color, but I think it's especially lovely in springtime. Within the next month, snowdrops and hellebores (like the beauty pictured below) will be finishing up and passing the torch to spring ephemerals like trout lilies, primula, cyclamen and trillium. Mature stands of azalea and rhododendron will burst into color, and if you're really lucky you'll time your visit when the majestic magnolia by the house is opening its lemon-scented, dinner-plate sized blossoms. Be sure and take a peek at the Curator's Garden, designed and tended by master colorists Glenn Withey and Charles Price. Book a tour by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (206-362-0933); check out the web page for info on open houses and the the second annual Art Walk (save the date - July 18 & 19). Photo courtesy of the Dunn Gardens.