Dumbarton Oaks at Cherry Blossom Time

Dumbarton Oaks, in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC,  is a unique outdoor space of tranquility and serenity. It is one of the top ten gardens of the world according to NatGeo.

The house was bought by Robert Woods and Mildred Bliss in 1920 and filled with their collection of Byzantine art. It is now owned by Harvard.

Prunus walk - photo by Yoma Ullman

The gardens, designed by Beatrix Farrand, are beautifully inspiring. The original 53 acres have been split up but 10 acres remain as a public park.

At cherry blossom time, late March to early April, it's so lovely.

 I used to take my college class (I taught landscape design and development in the 1970s)  there every year in April.  We would get a private tour by the director and see the forsythia and cherries in bloom...what a treat!

Please try to go ...

Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd Street, NW
Washington, DC

During the spring, the gardens are open daily, except Mondays, from 2-6 p.m. General admission costs $8; students, kids ages 2-12 and seniors get in for $5. Season passes are available.


  1. I have always wanted to see these gardens, but my annual trip to D.C. was always in January. Brrr.

  2. That looks stunning - and seriously, nothing smells quite as delicious and springlike than cherry blossoms! They're one of my favorite flowers, and over here, they burst into flower on August 1 every year - I look forward to that day all winter!

    Thanks for submitting this post to The Sunday Brunch Magazine!

    All the best,

    Eliza & Bel


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