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Garden and Landscape Studies


The West Baray and Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Photo: Michael Dago, 2010


Garden and Landscape Studies has received a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a new program in urban landscape studies, which will bring scholars and designers together to explore the history and future of urban landscapes.


Contemporary Sound Installation by Hugh Livingston

Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to present a sound sculpture in the Lover’s Lane Pool, titled The Pool of ‘Bamboo Counterpoint’.


The program in Garden and Landscape Studies 

was established in 1969 to support advanced scholarship in garden history, landscape architecture, and the study of culturally- and artistically-significant landscapes around the world from ancient times to the present. The program seeks to deepen the understanding of landscape both as a field of knowledge and research and as a practice carried out by landscape architects, landscape artists, and gardeners. The activities of the program include residential fellowships, short-term pre-doctoral residencies, one-month post-doctoral stipends, project grants for field research, public lectures and symposia, summer internships for landscape architecture students, and a new series of temporary installations of contemporary art. An active publications program produces symposium proceedings, studies in contemporary landscape design, and occasional monographs. Staff and fellows have access to a research library, including an extensive Rare Book Collection, as well as a Contemporary Landscape Design Collection, and to the incomparable gardens of Dumbarton Oaks.

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