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Trees at Dumbarton Oaks

When purchasing Dumbarton Oaks in the early 1920s, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss were attracted by its beautiful trees, many of which date to the nineteenth century and still survive today. Mildred Bliss was especially sensitive to this element of the garden and wrote …trees are noble elements to be protected by successive generations and … not to be neglected or lightly destroyed. As the garden's design evolved, Bliss and Farrand both worked around and highlighted existing tree specimens, adding native and introduced species to the mixture.

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