Dumbarton Oaks Park: A Walk on the Wild Side

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Art in the Park News 

The Conservancy’s Art in the Park program honors the legacy of the donors of Dumbarton Oaks Park, Ambassador Robert Bliss and Mildred Bliss. The Blisses shared art through philanthropy, and made a gift of the wild portion of their 53-acre Dumbarton Oaks estate to the American people in 1940. Their gift is known today as Dumbarton Oaks Park. The Conservancy’s Artist in Residence, Sophia McCrocklin, has completed 19 large-scale mixed-media fiber Ferns inspired by Dumbarton Oaks Park. Selected pieces of this collection, known as “Ferns of Dumbarton,” will be on exhibit during the Conservancy’s Spring 2020 celebration of Art in the Park. McCrocklin was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for 2019 and 2020. The Fellowship recognizes her as an “individual artist whose artistic excellence significantly contributes to the District of Columbia as a world class cultural capital.”

Sophia with Royal Fern (Photo courtesy of the artist)

The artist is pictured here with her Royal Fern, one of the many varieties of fern growing in Dumbarton Oaks Park. You can follow our Artist in Residence’s creative process and see what inspires her through her Instagram posts @Woodlandmessenger.

Recognition for the Conservancy

At its Annual Meeting in May 2019, the Citizens Association of Georgetown honored the Conservancy with the William A. Cochran Award for, “exceptional efforts to protect and enhance the community’s parkland and architectural resources.” In June 2019 the Conservancy was recognized by the Catalogue for Philanthropy for being “one of the best small nonprofits in the region” in the Catalogue’s 2019-2020 class of awardees. The Conservancy is grateful to the Citizens Association of Georgetown for recognizing how the Conservancy contributes to the quality of life in Georgetown, and for the Catalogue’s encouragement of donors in the National Capitol Region to support the Conservancy’s mission to restore, promote, and maintain Dumbarton Oaks Park.

Press Coverage

Dumbarton Oaks Park: A Walk on the Wildside;
California Oaks Newsletter,

Dumbarton Oaks Park
International Network for Seed Based Restoration, Marcello de Vitis, April 11, 2017

Revisiting Dumbarton Oaks Park
The Georgetown Metropolitan, April 10, 2017

Immerse yourself in Dumbarton Oaks Park
Bay Journal, Joel Dunn, February 21, 2017

Rock Creek Park and Partners to Invest $727,000 for Centennial
National Park Service, February 4, 2016

NPS Centennial Challenge Projects
National Park Service, January 2016

The Washingtonian, December 2015, p145

Washington Treasure, November 22, 2015

Breathing New Life into Dumbarton Oaks Park
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, October 19, 2015

D.C’s Secret Garden Turns 75
Garden and Gun, April/May 2015

Beatrix Farrand’s Dumbarton Oaks Wild Garden—Revealed
Library of American Landscape History, January 19, 2015

The Slow Rebirth of Dumbarton Oaks Park
The Washington Post, Adrian Higgins, December 17, 2014

In a Volatile Period
The Dirt (ASLA  Blog), Jared Green, October 21, 2014

Uncovering a Wild Garden’s Past
The Dirt (ASLA Blog), Jared Green, April 22, 2014

Kudos to Georgetown Garden Tour and Congratulations to Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy
The Georgetowner, Robert Devaney, May 22, 2013

Dumbarton Oaks Park Open House May 4
The Georgetown Dish, Judith Beermann, May 2, 2013

Park Partnership Event Becomes a Big Announcement
The Georgetown Dish, Rebecca Trafton, April 25, 2013

Dumbarton Oaks Park: How It’s Done
Enclosure, July 6, 2011

Conservancy Formed to Rescue Dumbarton Oaks Park
The Washington Post, Adrian Higgins, April 13, 2011

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