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Explore the Gardens

Discover more about the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, including details on trees and plants, inscriptions, furniture, and ornaments. Parts of the Garden Video Tour are marked by red triangles. Click anywhere on the map below to find out more about a garden section.

Transparent Garden Map with Triangles. Map art by Spencer Lenfield, 2016. Cherry Hill Catalogue House Ellipse Crabapple Hill North Vista Ondine's Walk Star Garden Swimming Pool and Loggia Green Garden Garden Library and Ribbon Walk South Lawn East Lawn East Lawn Terrior Column and Enclosure Lovers' Lane Pool Melisande's Allee Orchard Herbaceous Border Arbor Terrace Fountain Terrace Rose Garden Urn Terrace Beech Terrace Pebble Garden Box Walk Kitchen Gardens Kitchen Gardens Prunus Walk Lilac Circle Forsythia Dell

Map art by Spencer Lenfield, 2016. Additional Garden Video Tour credits.

South Lawn

South Lawn

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 17, 2017 09:21 AM

This grassy expanse is sculpted by the old driveway that approaches the house.

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Orangery

Orangery

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This small greenhouse is one of the oldest structures still standing on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks.

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Green Garden

Green Garden

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This grassy terrace, shaded by a tall oak tree, provides panoramic view of the entire estate.

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Beech Terrace

Beech Terrace

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The wide, shady branches of an enormous beech tree stretch over this quiet enclosed space.

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Urn Terrace

Urn Terrace

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The Urn Terrace serves as an ivied transition between the Beech Terrace, Box Walk, and Rose Garden.

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Rose Garden

Rose Garden

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A riotous variety of roses fills this sunny space between the Urn and Fountain Terraces.

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Fountain Terrace

Fountain Terrace

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A traditional flower garden in a blend of English Cottage and Arts and Crafts style.

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Arbor Terrace

Arbor Terrace

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A wisteria-covered arbor opens onto a sunny terrace overlooking the lower gardens.

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Terrior Column and Enclosure

Terrior Column and Enclosure

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The story of a terrier given to a Neapolitan girl by a French admiral inspired this column.

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Lovers’ Lane Pool

Lovers’ Lane Pool

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 18, 2017 07:09 AM

A shallow pool sits at the bottom of a small brick amphitheater, bordered by a stand of bamboo.

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Mélisande’s Allée

Mélisande’s Allée

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This narrow brick walk wends through a dreamlike woodland spotted with daffodils and hyacinths.

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Herbaceous Border

Herbaceous Border

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These large flowerbeds explode with color the whole year round.

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Orchard

Orchard

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Apples, cherries, pears, and plums blossom and bear fruit every year in this small orchard.

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Prunus Walk

Prunus Walk

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The plum trees on this walk guide a visitor through the Kitchen Gardens.

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Kitchen Gardens

Kitchen Gardens

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This area includes a cutting garden for flowers and a working vegetable garden.

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Lilac Circle

Lilac Circle

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Hidden near the edge of the gardens, Lilac Circle offers a secluded spot for rest and contemplation.

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Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill

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When the trees blossom in springtime, this hillside becomes one of the gardens’ most magical spaces.

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Catalogue House

Catalogue House

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This small shelter at the edge of the gardens now houses educational displays.

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Forsythia Dell

Forsythia Dell

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Blooming forsythia turns this corner of the gardens bright yellow at the beginning of spring.

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Ellipse

Ellipse

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A double ring of hornbeams encircles a fountain, creating a hypnotic sense of calm.

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Box Walk

Box Walk

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This gently descending staircase, flanked by boxwood hedges, is the gardens’ central axis.

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Pebble Garden

Pebble Garden

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Elaborate stonework and low flowerbeds play off trellises of wisteria in this stately courtyard.

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Crabapple Hill

Crabapple Hill

by Lain Wilson — last modified Nov 14, 2016 11:01 AM

Farrand planned to feature a variety of similar blooms en masse here.

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North Vista

North Vista

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Elegantly tapering walls project a grand view from the steps of the historic house.

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Ondine’s Walk

Ondine’s Walk

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Swirling brickwork surrounds a Japanese maple just outside the museum.

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Star Garden

Star Garden

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This small room features custom stonework, wrought-iron furniture, and a fountain ornamented with various constellations.

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Swimming Pool and Loggia

Swimming Pool and Loggia

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 18, 2017 07:53 AM

The swimming pool and beautifully decorated loggia attest to Dumbarton Oaks’ history as a private residence.

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Garden Library and Ribbon Walk

Garden Library and Ribbon Walk

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 18, 2017 07:53 AM

The brick and limestone ribbon walks simulate the quality of flowing cloth.

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East Lawn

East Lawn

by Lain Wilson — last modified Jun 28, 2017 06:36 AM

“One of the loveliest of the features of Dumbarton Oaks in its freedom from detail.”

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