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Green Garden

This grassy terrace, shaded by a tall oak tree, provides panoramic view of the entire estate.

(This video is closed-captioned in English and Spanish.)

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Soon after the Blisses purchased Dumbarton Oaks, they demolished the barn, which was located north of the Orangery, and began the conversion of the stable yard into a Green Garden, which would in a sense be a part of the rooms looking out on it . . . and attractive throughout the winter. The Blisses visualized the garden as an outdoor entertaining area beyond the Orangery.

This terrace, at the highest elevation of the property, allows views over the garden terraces below to the hillsides to the north and the city to the east. Paths lead from the Green Garden to the Beech Terrace, the Pebble Garden, the North Vista, the Star Garden, and the Swimming Pool and Loggia.

Green Garden, inscription

Set within the balustrade is a plaque dedicated to the friendship between the Blisses and Beatrix Farrand. The inscription reads: Dumbarton Oaks. Somnia sub patulis videant nascentia ramis sidera fausa ferant omnia et usque bona. Testimonio amicitiae Beatricis Farrand nec illorum immemores qui postero aevo vitas veritati erunendae impenderint. Hanc tabellam posuerunt Robertus Woods Bliss uxorque Mildred.

In Garden Ornament at Dumbarton Oaks, the Latin is translated as May they see dreams springing from the spreading bough; may fortunate stars always bring them good omens. Witness to the friend of Beatrix Farrand, not unmindful of those who in a later age shall have spent their lives bringing forth the truth. This tablet has been placed by Robert Woods Bliss and his wife Mildred.

Green Terrace, Finial 3

Green Terrace, Finial 2 Basket of flowers ornaments (one of four), limestone and lead, Beatrix Farrand, Armand Albert Rateau, ca. 1930.

 
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