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Yesterday was the perfect day to visit Dumbarton Oaks, the Beatrix Farrand-designed garden and research facility in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood. Cherry trees and magnolias were still blooming, under blue skies.  I was reminded why the National Geographic named it the 6th best garden in the world.

Above, the garden’s most iconic feature.

The Pebble Garden is also justly famous.

The same swirls are repeated in other parts of the garden.


Kitchen Garden.

The Forsythia Dell leads to the Dumbarton Oaks Park below.

The North Lawn features a series of ha-ha’s.


The pool looks tempting even on a spring day. I wonder if I’ll be able to resist jumping in when I come back in July.

More photos here on Flickr.

Posted by

Susan Harris
on April 17, 2015 at 7:19 am, in the category Public Gardens.