You may have seen photos on here and on my instagram of Dumbarton Oaks because it’s a place I keep going back to. Honestly, I’ve never seen a space of land so beautiful and varied in the nature that graces it. There are three parts to Dumbarton Oaks: the park, the gardens and the museum. I’ve taken Teddy to the park numerous times, to explore the bushland (or woods as it is called here), the many nature trails, look for squirrels and chipmunks etc. Yesterday he even jumped in to the creek for a paddle before we made our way home.
These photos are from the gardens. It usually costs $10 entry, but being fall and with Winter around the corner, there are less flowers and there is no entry. As you can see from these photos, the flowers are still amazing and I hope to make it back in Spring.
Dumbarton Oaks was founded in 1920 by a couple named Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss. Within a year, they had hired a landscape gardener to design the gardens of the 50 acre property. Honestly, you can see the hard work and dedication that has gone in to the creation of these gardens in every little detail, right down to the benches that have been carefully selected.
I could lose myself both in these gardens and in the adjoining park all day and often, I do spend hours just walking around and taking it all in.