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Dumbarton Oaks

A Guide to the Gardens

Georgina Masson

Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Garden and Landscape Studies

Garden and Landscape Studies

“The year 2012 is the centenary of Georgina Masson's birth and an auspicious moment to reprint here guide to the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. The guide is a historically significant document, as it is one of four texts that trace the history of the gardens through the twentieth century. Dumbarton Oaks: A Guide to the Gardens was originally published in 1968, one year before the death of Mildred Bliss closed an era in the history of the gardens. Bliss had continued to alter the gardens after designer Beatrix Farrand's retirement in the 1940s. With Bliss's death in 1969, the gardens were effectively 'finished' (even though time will continue to transform them indefinitely). The guide is, thus, the text most representative of the gardens at the close of nearly a half-century of creative activity.” John Beardsley, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies


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