Stairs at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DCYesterday was the perfect day to visit Dumbarton Oaks, the Beatrix Farrand-designed garden and research facility in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood. Cherry trees and magnolias were still blooming, under blue skies.  I was reminded why the National Geographic named it the 6th best garden in the world.

Above, the garden’s most iconic feature.

 Pebble Garden, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC

The Pebble Garden is also justly famous.

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in April

The same swirls are repeated in other parts of the garden.

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in April
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in April

Kitchen Garden.

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in April

Forsythias at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in April

The Forsythia Dell leads to the Dumbarton Oaks Park below.

Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in April

The North Lawn features a series of ha-ha’s.

Swimming Pool, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC in April
The pool looks tempting even on a spring day. I wonder if I’ll be able to resist jumping in when I come back in July.

More photos here on Flickr.