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Dumbarton Oaks

Begun in 1920, the garden was designed by Beatrix Farrand. She admired the Arts and Crafts style of Gertrude Jekyll, but there is a fresh spirit to Dumbarton Oaks. Farrand was a well-travelled and professional designer, open to a wider range of cultural influences than Jekyll. The ellipse is an exercise in geometry. The pebble garden is an original idea, based on a wheatsheaf mofit, made with pebbles from Mexico and covered with a film of water to display their vibrancy. The pool in front ot the logia was designed for swimming. Farrand was expert in the handling of steps, walks and planting.
Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Karl Gercens
Photograph © Dumbarton Oaks
Photograph © Christopher Laine
Photograph © Dumbarton Oaks

1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia, USA, DC 20007

All year (except public holidays). Daily. Open 2pm to 6pm (5pm from November to mid March).

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