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Dumbarton Oaks

A 10 acre garden now owned by Harvard University


GAP Photos/Claire Takacs Owners: Mildred and Robert Wood Bliss

Feature No:   168 

Qty of Images:    58 


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Included in The Daily Telegraphs, 'The world's most 50 beautiful gardens' this 10-acre garden is now owned by Harvard University. Largely the creation of Mrs Mildred Bliss, working in long-term collaboration - from 1920 - with designer Beatrix Farrand. A series of brick terraces were designed as a way of coping with the extreme gradient falling away from the house, and these were realised in typical Arts and Crafts style as garden rooms.

The farther reaches of the garden saw more original creations, such as double herbaceous borders on sloping ground and a wonderful narrow brick pathway which links upper and lower sections of the garden. There are highly original architectural detailing, in stone, wood and metal. The garden contains many different areas, including an Orangery, Rose garden, Pebble garden, Beech, Fountain and Arbor Terrace, a swimming pool area, Box walk, an Ellipse, Prunus walk, Kitchen garden and Herbaceous border.



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