Explore the Gardens
Map art by Spencer Lenfield, 2016. Additional Garden Video Tour credits.
A wisteria-covered arbor opens onto a sunny terrace overlooking the lower gardens.
The wide, shady branches of an enormous beech tree stretch over this quiet enclosed space.
This gently descending staircase, flanked by boxwood hedges, is the gardens’ central axis.
This small shelter at the edge of the gardens now houses educational displays.
When the trees blossom in springtime, this hillside becomes one of the gardens’ most magical spaces.
Farrand planned to feature a variety of similar blooms en masse here.
“One of the loveliest of the features of Dumbarton Oaks in its freedom from detail.”
A double ring of hornbeams encircles a fountain, creating a hypnotic sense of calm.
Blooming forsythia turns this corner of the garden bright yellow at the beginning of spring.
A traditional flower garden in a blend of English Cottage and Arts and Crafts style.
The brick and limestone ribbon walks simulate the quality of flowing cloth.
This grassy terrace, shaded by a tall oak tree, provides panoramic view of the entire estate.
These large flowerbeds explode with color the whole year round.
This area includes a cutting garden for flowers and a working vegetable garden.
Hidden near the edge of the gardens, Lilac Circle offers a secluded spot for rest and contemplation.
A shallow pool sits at the bottom of a small brick amphitheater, bordered by a stand of bamboo.
This narrow brick walk wends through a dreamlike woodland spotted with daffodils and hyacinths.
Elegantly tapering walls project a grand view from the steps of the historic house.
Swirling brickwork surrounds a Japanese maple just outside the museum.
This small greenhouse is one of the oldest structures still standing on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks.
Apples, cherries, pears, and plums blossom and bear fruit every year in this small orchard.
Elaborate stonework and low flowerbeds play off trellises of wisteria in this stately courtyard.
The plum trees on this walk guide a visitor through the Kitchen Gardens.
A riotous variety of roses fills this sunny space between the Urn and Fountain Terraces.
This grassy expanse is sculpted by the old driveway that approaches the house.
This small room features custom stonework, wrought-iron furniture, and a fountain ornamented with various constellations.
The swimming pool and beautifully decorated loggia attest to Dumbarton Oaks’ history as a private residence.
The story of a terrier given to a Neapolitan girl by a French admiral inspired this column.
The Urn Terrace serves as an ivied transition between the Beech Terrace, Box Walk, and Rose Garden.