(This video is closed-captioned in English and Spanish.)
(Este video tiene subtítulos en inglés y español.)
Farrand described the East Lawn to be
one of the loveliest of the features of Dumbarton Oaks in its freedom from detail. Its generous scale and graceful slopes add quiet to the design. She planted two large clumps of tree box in converging lines on either side of the lawn to lengthen its perspective as seen from the house. She suggested plantings for the edges to screen the house from the adjoining streets and frame the lawn. Farrand took care to slope the plant mixture down from the height of the taller material to the flatness of the lawns using intermediate-sized shrubbery including boxwood, American hollies, and the green-leaved Aucuba.
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The brick and limestone ribbon walks simulate the quality of flowing cloth.
This small greenhouse is one of the oldest structures still standing on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks.
The wide, shady branches of an enormous beech tree stretch over this quiet enclosed space.
This grassy terrace, shaded by a tall oak tree, provides panoramic view of the entire estate.
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.
Blooming forsythia turns this corner of the gardens bright yellow at the beginning of spring.
When the trees blossom in springtime, this hillside becomes one of the gardens’ most magical spaces.
Hidden near the edge of the gardens, Lilac Circle offers a secluded spot for rest and contemplation.
Elaborate stonework and low flowerbeds play off trellises of wisteria in this stately courtyard.
The Urn Terrace serves as an ivied transition between the Beech Terrace, Box Walk, and Rose Garden.
A riotous variety of roses fills this sunny space between the Urn and Fountain Terraces.
A traditional flower garden in a blend of English Cottage and Arts and Crafts style.
This narrow brick walk wends through a dreamlike woodland spotted with daffodils and hyacinths.
A shallow pool sits at the bottom of a small brick amphitheater, bordered by a stand of bamboo.
The story of a terrier given to a Neapolitan girl by a French admiral inspired this column.