American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Dumbarton Oaks: History, Design, and Horticulture
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:15am
Dumbarton Oaks
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Enjoy a morning tour of Dumbarton Oaks, an enchanted haven in residential Georgetown. Originally purchased as a country house for Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, the grounds feature the designs of renowned landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand. Farrand adeptly combined Italianate, French, and English formal design aesthetics with Arts and Crafts and American Landscape aesthetics to create unique gardens. Working with challenging topography, Farrand employed a masterful use of texture, color, and scale. Her talent in juxtaposing the formal with the naturalistic and symmetry with asymmetry, and in creating subtle and surprising moments of awe, engages visitors and provides a refined cohesive experience.

Almost 100 years from the beginnings of this garden, Dumbarton Oaks is still an enchanting space that largely preserves Farrand’s genius through careful stewardship of her iconic design. Along with members of the Dumbarton Oaks team, participants on this tour will learn the history, design, and horticultural features of the formal and naturalistic gardens at Dumbarton Oaks.

Please note: This a walking tour that starts and finishes with a 1.2 mile walk between the garden and hotel including scenic unpaved trails through Rock Creek Park. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

IMPORTANT: This tour has a very limited capacity and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis only.

Departure: Participants should plan to meet in the hotel lobby at the main entrance by the above departure time. Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations.