Farrand’s Flyer, March 2015

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Old Stone Pump House, February 17, 2015

A Brief Message from the Editor

Hello! Believe it or not, springtime is right around the corner. February was a busy time in Dumbarton Oaks Park with several successful volunteer outings, but warmer weather and wildflowers makes the next few months the busiest time of year for the Conservancy. See below or visit our website for a listing of upcoming lectures, conferences, and volunteer events, and be sure and mark the date on your calendar for Sunday, April 12, 2015. This date marks the 74th anniversary of Dumbarton Oaks Park. In order to honor this, Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy will host a gate reopening ceremony and park celebration festival on this day.


The Story with the Stones

If you are a regular park user or if you just so happen to stumble upon it, you will notice many things: the restoration efforts, the waterfalls, and the meadows, for instance. The park is constantly grasping and shifting your attention from one detail to another. Yet among all the perceivable details, we tend to overlook small elements that can shift our perspective of the park. Take for example, the marker stones.
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Something to Celebrate: the Gift of Dumbarton Oaks Park

In the 1960s, environmentally conscious U.S. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall wrote that “the cause of conservation needs a new generation of outdoor philanthropists.” Dumbarton Oaks Park actually owes its existence to philanthropists, as Robert and Mildred Woods Bliss donated 27 acres to the people of the United States a generation before Udall’s call. The date of this generous gift was December 1940 and the land opened to the public as Dumbarton Oaks Park on April 12, 1941.
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Secret Recipes from the Secret Garden

How did we inspire the removal of 125 bush honeysuckle at a recent winter’s day volunteer event? Homemade cookies from the warmth of Ann’s kitchen! One of her secret recipes revealed…

Pecan Sandies
Beat together 1 cup sugar and 1 cup butter
Add and beat in 1 cup pecans and 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Add and beat in 2 cups flour and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
(it may not take all 2 cups; if need to moisten, add a small amount of cream or milk)
Optional: mix in about 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
Roll in individual, walnut size balls
Place on greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper
Flatten cookies with fork
Bake at 325 for about 10 minutes
Remove while still moist (shiny on top) and cool on sheet for 5 minutes
Eat and enjoy!

In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park: recipe by Ann Aldrich, Restoration Director

Upcoming Events

Sunday, March 15
Beatrix Farrand as Mentor: Portraits in Design
In this National Building Museum special presentation, Lynden B. Miller will speak about the life and work of Beatrix Farrand, who was the only woman among the founders of the American Society of Landscape Arhictects and whose work includes Dumbarton Oaks and Dumbarton Oaks Park in Washington, DC.
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Saturday, March 28
Lahr Native Plant Symposium: Making Connections
Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy Restoration Director Ann Aldrich, Conservancy affiliate and urban meadows expert Larry Weaner, and other wonderful speakers will present at this National Arboretum conference. During this day-long event, you’ll explore a variety of ways to use native plants in landscaping in order to make positive connections to the natural world. A native plant sale will also be offered.
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Sunday, March 29

Spring Volunteer Day
During this public, open-to-all volunteer event, you’ll assist in the restoration of Dumbarton Oaks Park by removing invasive, non-native plant species from the park landscape.
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Sunday, March 29
Secret Garden Stroll
Celebrate Rock Creek Park’s 125th anniversary by taking a 1.25 mile stroll through Dumbarton Oaks Park with Scott Einberger, author of ‘A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, D.C..” Discover the restoration work being done to save thuis 27-acre, wild garden and explore it’s unique design history.
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Sunday, April 12
Dumbarton Oaks Park Anniversary Celebration
Save the date for this annual springtime event hosted by Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy. Festivities will include a gate reopening ceremony with remarks by key officials, a community partnership celebration, children’s activities, a wildflower walk, a park tour focusing on its design history and current restoration efforts, science and environmental exhibits, and more. Join us in the Park during the peak of spring blooms!
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“In Dumbarton Oaks Park, there is a progression of spaces, with narrow paths leading to grand vistas. Beatrix Farrand was a master of creating spatial experiences, moving from dark to light.”

– Liza Gilbert
DOPC Board Member


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