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Yesterday was the perfect day to visit Dumbarton Oaks, the Beatrix Farrand-designed garden and research facility in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood. Cherry trees and magnolias were still blooming, under blue skies.  I was reminded why the National Geographic named it the 6th best garden in the world.

Above, the garden’s most iconic feature.

The Pebble Garden is also justly famous.

The same swirls are repeated in other parts of the garden.

Kitchen Garden.

The Forsythia Dell leads to the Dumbarton Oaks Park below.

The North Lawn features a series of ha-ha’s.

The pool looks tempting even on a spring day. I wonder if I’ll be able to resist jumping in when I come back in July.

More photos here on Flickr.

Posted by

Susan Harris
on April 17, 2015 at 7:19 am, in the category Public Gardens.


  1. I saw the garden in October a few years ago. It was a great pleasure. Some day I hope to see it in the spring. The museum is also a treasure. Folks in DC are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city.

  2. Thanks for this update. We crossed the country so we could visit Dumbarton Oaks on March 29 this year, remembering past years when the early blooms were at their most spectacular in late March/early April. Alas, because of the cold winter in D.C., absolutely nothing had broken bud yet. (I was particularly sad about the forsythia still being an acre of sticks. In my opinion that’s the one place in the world where forsythia looks good, because there’s so much of it in one space.) Still, we could see the bones, which was a treat in itself. This is such a wonderful garden. Don’t forget to tour the home and museum when you visit.

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