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The Garden and Landscape Studies program was established in 1972 to support advanced scholarship in garden history and landscape architecture, encompassing 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 and gardens as a field of knowledge and research and as a practice carried out by landscape architects, landscape artists, and gardeners. The program provides support for research and organizes public programs and scholarly events, publications, and art installations.


Plant Humanities Initiative

The Plant Humanities Initiative, a collaboration between Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a digital tool with related research and scholarly programming to advance the field of Plant Humanities.

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Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies

Bringing scholars and practitioners together, the Mellon Initiative in Urban Landscape Studies explores how urban environments got to be the way they are and how best to manage them today.

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Middle East Garden Traditions

This web-based research tool offers selected catalogues, glossaries, and bibliographies on Umayyad, Abbasid, Andalusian, Ottoman, Mughal, North African, and Safavid gardens from the eighth century to the present.

Digitized Rare Books

Access full digital facsimiles of select titles in the Rare Book Collection.

Library and Special Collections Resources

Resources for scholars in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies