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.