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Garden and Landscape Studies

Fronteira Gardens
Photo by Antonio Sachetti in Castel-Branco, C., Fronteira Gardens (2010).
Forthcoming Events

Garden and Landscape Studies will be hosting several academic and public events in 2015-16, including lectures, a graduate workshop, and a symposium. For details, click here.



Garden and Landscape Studies has received a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new program in urban landscape studies, which will bring scholars and designers together to explore the history and future of urban landscapes.


Contemporary Sound Installation by Hugh Livingston

Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to present two sound sculptures in the Lover’s Lane Pool and gardens, titled The Pool of ‘Bamboo Counterpoint’ and String Quartet and 22 Intermissions (Please Be Seated).

The program in Garden and Landscape Studies 

was established in 1972 to support advanced scholarship in garden history and landscape architecture, encompassing the study of culturally and artistically significant landscapes around the world from ancient times to the present. The program seeks to deepen the understanding of landscape and gardens as a field of knowledge and research and as a practice carried out by landscape architects, landscape artists, and gardeners. The activities of the program include residential fellowships, short-term pre-doctoral residencies, one-month research awards, project grants for field research, public lectures and symposia, and temporary installations of contemporary art as well as the new Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies. An active publications program produces symposium proceedings, translations of significant texts in a series on the history of gardens and landscape architecture entitled ex horto, and occasional monographs, reprints, and studies in contemporary landscape design. Scholars have access to unparalleled resources, including a vibrant intellectual community, an extensive research library and Rare Book Collection, and the renowned gardens of Dumbarton Oaks.

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