When the Blisses purchased Dumbarton Oaks, an orchard of fruit trees, including seven apples, a peach, and a cherry, already existed on this hillside. In the new orchard, Farrand planted rows of apples chosen for the quality of their fruit, interspersed with crabapples chosen for their spring bloom and fruit. At some point in the past, most of the apples were replaced by crabapples, perhaps to discourage children from climbing to pick the fruit.
Farrand designed several vantage points to view the Orchard from above: the north balcony of the Rose Garden, the northern side of the Arbor Terrace, and the wooden arbor seat, topped with a wooden ball cap and flag, on the walkway above. Then, as now, the Sophora japonica planted on the hill between the Box Walk and the Orchard is an important part of the Orchard's composition.
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The brick and limestone ribbon walks simulate the quality of flowing cloth.
This small greenhouse is one of the oldest structures still standing on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks.
The wide, shady branches of an enormous beech tree stretch over this quiet enclosed space.
This grassy terrace, shaded by a tall oak tree, provides panoramic view of the entire estate.
This small room features custom stonework, wrought-iron furniture, and a fountain ornamented with various constellations.
The swimming pool and beautifully decorated loggia attest to Dumbarton Oaks’ history as a private residence.
Blooming forsythia turns this corner of the gardens bright yellow at the beginning of spring.
When the trees blossom in springtime, this hillside becomes one of the gardens’ most magical spaces.
Hidden near the edge of the gardens, Lilac Circle offers a secluded spot for rest and contemplation.
Elaborate stonework and low flowerbeds play off trellises of wisteria in this stately courtyard.
The Urn Terrace serves as an ivied transition between the Beech Terrace, Box Walk, and Rose Garden.
A riotous variety of roses fills this sunny space between the Urn and Fountain Terraces.
A traditional flower garden in a blend of English Cottage and Arts and Crafts style.
This narrow brick walk wends through a dreamlike woodland spotted with daffodils and hyacinths.
A shallow pool sits at the bottom of a small brick amphitheater, bordered by a stand of bamboo.
The story of a terrier given to a Neapolitan girl by a French admiral inspired this column.