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Garden and Landscape Studies

Graduate workshop sq Bernardino Poccetti, detail of ceiling decoration in the Buontalenti Grotto, 1583–88, Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy. Image courtesy Anatole Tchikine.

Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies

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 a new composition for the sound sculpture in the gardens, titled Garden Quartet, Mostly Intermezzos, Some Preludes, No Cadenza. The new composition was completed in March 2016.

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, opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, 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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