Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Forsythia Gates Reopening at Dumbarton Oaks Park

 Dumbarton Oaks Park 74th Anniversary Celebration

 
Sunday, April 12
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
>>To many people in the Washington, DC area, spring is heralded by the much-celebrated blossoming of the cherry trees along the National Mall’s tidal basin. A less-renowned though equally dramatic and colorful springtime phenomenon is the curtain of forsythia cascading around the iconic estate gates and the blooming of wildflowers and native trees in Dumbarton Oaks Park. From bluebells and daffodils to saucer magnolias and redbuds, the spring colors of the unique park offer inspiration and beauty to national capital area residents and tourists alike.<<
 
Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and promoting the culturally significant Dumbarton Oaks Park in Georgetown, announced  that it will host the park’s anniversary celebration.  
 
A free event open to the public, the 74th Anniversary Celebration will include a gate reopening ceremony with remarks by Rock Creek Park Superintendent Tara Morrison and Conservancy President Lindsey Milstein; exhibits from park partners focusing on urban environmental protection and conservation landscaping; children’s arts ‘n’ crafts activities; a wildflower walk led by expert naturalist Mary Pat Rowen; and a park history and restoration-focused Secret Garden Stroll led by author-historian-Conservancy staff member Scott Einberger.  
 
Dumbarton Oaks Park is the world’s only surviving wild garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, herself the first professional female landscape architect in U.S. history. Farrand designed the 27-acre property in the 1920s as part of the original Dumbarton Oaks estate. A few months after the wild garden was donated to the public by estate owners Robert and Mildred Woods Bliss, the garden officially opened as Dumbarton Oaks Park on April 12, 1941, a National Park Service administrative sub-unit of Rock Creek Park.
 
Over the years, Dumbarton Oaks Park has been overcome by invasive, non-native plants which threaten biodiversity as well as the park’s historic design integrity. Urban stormwater runoff and its associated problems of erosion and water pollution are also a serious contemporary problem. Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy, an official partner of the National Park Service, was founded in 2010 to mitigate these problems and restore the park to its former glory.
 
EVENT:
Gate Reopening Ceremony followed by a Community and Partnership Celebration.
 
WHEN:
Sunday, April 12, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
WHERE:
Public access to Dumbarton Oaks Park is from approximately 3060 R Street NW in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC.
 
EXHIBITORS: 
 
BACKGROUND:
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.
 
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.dopark.org

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