Dumbarton Oaks


Good morning! Won’t you join me for a stroll through one of my favorite places, Dumbarton Oaks? The gardens are stunning and the house is pretty nice too. And have you seen a lovelier ticket? They remind me of the ones I have from Greek museums.

Rather elegant gates, wouldn’t you say?

gate detail

Located in Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks was formerly owned by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss. They bequeathed the house and gardens to Harvard University, of which Bliss was an alum. There’s a museum with a decent collection of Byzantine and pre-Columbian art too.

boxwood path

You can wander down this lovely path lined with boxwoods…

Bliss house

…or go up and see the Bliss mansion. It’s only open until 5 p.m., but is beautiful inside. Mr. Prose and I passed it up this time, because we’ve both seen it before.


I particularly like the orangery, especially the French doors and Palladian windows. In the winter, they grow orange trees inside. Wouldn’t that be nice? I had a lemon tree in California and the blossoms smelled heavenly. The lemons? Not so great. I think I have a black thumb when it comes to growing fruit trees.

orangery detail

Orangery detail. The same wheat sheaves seen in the iron gates.


Lacecap hydrangeas in the upper gardens. Tomorrow, the pool and lower gardens.

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4 Responses to Dumbarton Oaks

  1. esteldreaming says:

    Those grounds are very beautiful, so much greenery! Calmness just flows from the pictures ^^.

  2. 36x37 says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Not to spout 30 Rock quotes or anything, but “I want to go there…”

  3. The Art Pour says:

    Hoping to check this out soon. I tried to go once, but ended up at Dumbarton House instead. Oops.

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