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Donald Olson

Travel writer and author, Pacific Northwest Garden Tour

Donald Olson is a travel writer, novelist and playwright with a long-time interest in gardens and gardening. His most recent book, The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour–A Guide to the 60 Best Gardens To Visit in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia was chosen by Library Journal as one of the best reference books of 2014 and has gone into a second printing. Donald’s travel stories have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, and other national publications, and he is the author of several travel guides to the Pacific Northwest and Europe. Recent guidebooks for Frommer’s include Seattle Day by Day; Easy Guide to Seattle, Portland & the Oregon Coast; Easy Guide to Germany; Great Britain Day by Day; and Best Day Trips from London. An avid gardener, Donald has been exploring the gardens of Europe and the Pacific Northwest for many years, and gardens have played a major role in his fiction and plays. His novels have been translated into French and Russian, and his plays performed in London, New York, Amsterdam and Portland. He is currently at work on a new travel guide, The California Garden Tour. Donald lives, works and gardens in Manhattan and Portland, Oregon.


Who Needs Downton Abbey? Great Garden Estates of the Northwest

You don’t need to travel to Downton Abbey to enjoy a great English-style landscape garden. The Pacific Northwest has several historic properties with gardens that rival those in England. And they’re all open to the public. In this entertaining and informative seminar, garden and travel writer Donald Olson takes you to the grandest of the grand estates in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia and tells you the stories behind their creation.

Sunday, Feb 21 at 1:45 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow