The long wait will soon be over: Dumbarton Oaks Gardens will be open again to the public. They have been closed since last July in order for the institution to perform significant upgrades to the systems.
And with this early spring causing forsythia and daffodils to burst out, the gardens are opening just in the nick of time. The gardens are spectacular pretty much any time of the year, but with the cherry grove, the ancient wisteria, and fragrant magnolias, they’re really at their peak in the spring.
It’s probably not a coincidence that the day the gardens reopen, March 15th, is also the day every year that the gardens switch from free to charging admission. (GM recommends that if you plan to visit the gardens at least three times over the summer and early fall, you should buy a season pass. Even if you end up paying a bit more, the biggest benefit is that you don’t have to wait in the long line at the gate.)
Here’s a little reminder of what will be waiting for us soon: