Restoring an American Treasure
The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy is a non-profit organization established in 2010 that seeks to restore the bulk of one of America’s ten greatest garden landscape designs, namely 27-acre Dumbarton Oaks Park, formerly part of the Dumbarton Oaks estate in Georgetown, Washington, DC. The estate is a milestone in the history of American landscape architecture and a landmark in our social history since it is the finest work of Beatrix Farrand, America’s first female professional landscape architect, one of eleven founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and one of America’s foremost landscape practitioners of the 20th century. She shattered the glass ceiling in her profession, and this is her crowning achievement.
As a “naturalistic,” but intensely designed landscape of meadows, woodlands, bulbs and wildflowers, paths and ponds and constructed waterfalls, the Park offers recreation as well as restorative quiet, beauty, and inspiration for visitors from Washington, DC and beyond. It also presents opportunities for education from nature for children attending schools near this oasis in the midst of a busy metropolitan area of five million people. The Park has deteriorated significantly during the last half century due to resource limitations faced by the National Park Service (NPS), which has managed it since the Park passed from private to public hands in 1940. The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, in partnership with the NPS, now seeks to bring this historic landscape back to its aesthetic splendor while also enhancing its modern-day utility to the Washington community. Our Board and Advisory Board draw on members from along the Eastern Seaboard out to California…a testament to what Beatrix Farrand’s achievements mean to garden and park lovers throughout the country and abroad.
We welcome your input and ideas, your contributions of time, talent, sweat (we field teams of volunteer “weed warriors” in the Park), caring, and, yes, your financial support, which is vital to the success of this multi-year undertaking. Please read our other website pages to learn more about the history and significance of this park and the transformational events now taking place there…of which we hope you will become a part.