Welcome to Donald Olson's Website


"Donald Olson is a very good writer..."

                     --Albert Read, Daily Telegraph, London



About the author...

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Donald Olson is a novelist, playwright and travel writer. He has published seven novels, including The Confessions of Aubrey Beardsley, The Secrets of Mabel Eastlake, and My Three Husbands (written as Swan Adamson). Donald’s collection of ghost stories, The Gravedigger’s Daughter and Other Otherworldly Tales, will be available in 2020. His travel stories have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic and many other publications. Donald's best-selling travel guides include The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour, The California Garden Tour, Frommer’s Portland Day by Day, Seattle Day by Day, and Easy Guide to Seattle, Portland & the Oregon Coast.  Donald’s plays have been seen in London, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, New York, and Portland. His new play, Oscar & Walt, won the 2019 ALAP/West Hollywood Pride Festival Reading award. He is a popular speaker on garden topics. To learn more about Donald’s wide-ranging career, click on the tabs above. For more information on The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour and The California Garden Tour, click on the Garden Tour tab above. To see a list of Donald's current garden-related presentations, click on the Speaking/Presentations tab above.

Read review of The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour and The California Garden Tour


Listen to Donald's radio interview about his best-selling guidebook, Frommer's Portland Day by Day