Missing Dumbarton Oaks in the Fall Hurts


Every year around now, GM re-runs an article reminding people that Dumbarton Oaks in the fall is nearly as spectacular as it is in the spring. But this year we can’t enjoy it in person, whether we’re reminded to or not.

So GM will have to merely offer you this virtual visit. May it bring you some peace:

Dumbarton Oaks is well known for its spring displays of incredible seasonal bounties. But people often overlook how spectacular the acres of gardens are in the fall. Hurry up and catch it now before it’s gone.

But here’s just a taste. The wildflowers of the Herbaceous Border are breathtaking:


The rest of the garden is at that magical moment when the gardeners loosen their grips and the plants give off one more explosion before the winter:

Dumbarton Oaks


Of course the rest of Dumbarton Oaks is also looking great:







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2 responses to “Missing Dumbarton Oaks in the Fall Hurts

  1. Why are they not open? It’s outdoors. Seems like they could manage the crowds since you have to pay anyway.

  2. Topher

    Indeed. They also could just not collect a fee in order to avoid contact for the ticket-taker. But Harvard has never gone out of its way to accommodate the public, to be honest. It doesn’t surprise me that they took this approach.

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