America's Most Beautiful Gardens

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Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, DC.

Find sanctuary at these spectacular botanic gardens where nature and art intertwine.

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

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When Mildred Barnes Bliss and her husband purchased this Georgetown estate in 1920, she and landscape designer Beatrix Farrand almost immediately set about transforming the 53-acre property’s neglected grounds. Their efforts live on in a series of informal and enclosed gardens inspired by Italian, French, and English traditions. The results include trimmed boxwood topiary, the casual grace of Cherry Hill, and the terraced Rose Garden—a spot so favored by the Blisses that it became their final resting place.

Best Time to Visit: March for an explosion of pale pink along Cherry Hill; April for an array of emerging tulips.

America's Most Beautiful Gardens

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

When Mildred Barnes Bliss and her husband purchased this Georgetown estate in 1920, she and landscape designer Beatrix Farrand almost immediately set about transforming the 53-acre property’s neglected grounds. Their efforts live on in a series of informal and enclosed gardens inspired by Italian, French, and English traditions. The results include trimmed boxwood topiary, the casual grace of Cherry Hill, and the terraced Rose Garden—a spot so favored by the Blisses that it became their final resting place.

Best Time to Visit: March for an explosion of pale pink along Cherry Hill; April for an array of emerging tulips.

Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, DC.
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