Destination: Dumbarton Oaks

This past weekend we had some family visit and were able to take in the gorgeous gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. It is an historic state located in Georgetown and while there you would never guess you are in the city, but rather a huge estate with incredible land somewhere else. 

In 1920 Robert and Mildred Bliss purchased the property and created the incredible gardens over the years on the 50-acre property.  By 1940, the land was gifted to Harvard University (Robert Bliss being an alum) which then established an institute for pre-Columbian and Byzantine studies. The land is a mixture of both old and new with a contemporary pre-Columbian museum while the Byzantine art is apparent while walking through the gardens. 

If you ever have a chance to visit Washington D.C. I highly recommend you stop by this gem located in Georgetown.

The Orangery was absolutely stunning.

The Pebble Garden had the Bliss family motto listed. "As you sow, so shall you reap"

The gardens were amazing. I just about died over the roof on the sheds in each one. Is it not incredible?

The rose garden was in full bloom.

This picture does not do this justice but the Cloud Terrace is a new art installation. The crystals hung and gave off gorgeous colors when hit by the light. Even from afar it looked as though this portion of the yard was magical.

If only we were allowed inside the home. I would love to have been able to see all those rooms! 

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