Dumbarton Oaks in April


IMG_5105Yesterday 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.


  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.

    Beatrix Farrand bequeathed her working drawings to UC Berkeley’s Landscape Architecture Dept, one of the first such departments in the country. Her drawings are displayed in UCB’s LA library occasionally. She is one of the first female landscape architects and remains one of our best.

    Thank you for the glimpse of this beautiful garden in the spring.

  2. Another famous garden I was nearby, but did not see.


    Was with my mother. She has total contempt for my career as garden designer/author/speaker. Total. Never lived at home after college, nor taken money from my parents after high school. Her problem with my career?

    Cannot wait to walk in this garden, thank you for letting me be in it visually !!

    Garden & Be Well, XO T

  3. 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.

  4. What a stunning location!
    I can only imagine what this would be like in full bloom, a landscape to remember!

    Great Post!

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