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Renovation Notice

The gardens will be closed from July 10, 2017, until March 15, 2018. A reduced season pass is available.

Explore the Gardens

Discover more about the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, including details on trees and plants, inscriptions, furniture, and ornaments. Parts of the Garden Video Tour are marked by red triangles. Click anywhere on the map below to find out more about a garden section.

Transparent Garden Map with Triangles. Map art by Spencer Lenfield, 2016.Cherry HillCatalogue HouseEllipseCrabapple HillNorth VistaOndine's WalkStar GardenSwimming Pool and LoggiaGreen GardenGarden Library and Ribbon WalkSouth LawnEast LawnEast LawnTerrior Column and EnclosureLovers' Lane PoolMelisande's AlleeOrchardHerbaceous BorderArbor TerraceFountain TerraceRose GardenUrn TerraceBeech TerracePebble GardenBox WalkKitchen GardensKitchen GardensPrunus WalkLilac CircleForsythia Dell

Map art by Spencer Lenfield, 2016. Additional Garden Video Tour credits.

A wisteria-covered arbor opens onto a sunny terrace overlooking the lower gardens.

Arbor Terrace

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.

Beech Terrace

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.

Box Walk

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.

Catalogue House

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.

Cherry Hill

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.

Crabapple Hill

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.”

East Lawn

“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.

Ellipse

A double ring of hornbeams encircles a fountain, creating a hypnotic sense of calm.

Blooming forsythia turns this corner of the gardens bright yellow at the beginning of spring.

Forsythia Dell

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.

Fountain Terrace

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.

Garden Library and Ribbon Walk

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.

Green Garden

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.

Herbaceous Border

These large flowerbeds explode with color the whole year round.

This area includes a cutting garden for flowers and a working vegetable garden.

Kitchen Gardens

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.

Lilac Circle

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.

Lovers’ Lane Pool

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.

Mélisande’s Allée

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.

North Vista

Elegantly tapering walls project a grand view from the steps of the historic house.

Swirling brickwork surrounds a Japanese maple just outside the museum.

Ondine’s Walk

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.

Orangery

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.

Orchard

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.

Pebble Garden

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.

Prunus Walk

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.

Rose Garden

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.

South Lawn

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.

Star Garden

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.

Swimming Pool and Loggia

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.

Terrior Column and Enclosure

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.

Urn Terrace

The Urn Terrace serves as an ivied transition between the Beech Terrace, Box Walk, and Rose Garden.

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