Dumbarton Oaks Garden Tour

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The course is designed to educate the attendee on the historical significance and design choices made by the original designers of the Dumbarton Oaks garden. It discusses how the space is used by both residents of the local area and tourists alike. By physically walking the space, the attendees are able to relate their usage to that of other visitors to fully assess their wants and needs. This course uses a historical and design context to define the original goals and objectives of the designers who were first tasked with creating the space. By discussing the original design themes and decisions, attendees are able to gather ideas on how to create a design for similar projects around the country. The tour then offers methods landscape architects can employ to design and implement garden and park-like design to create a space for similar use. A portion of the course is directed towards residential landscape architects by educating on traditional garden design to be contrasted with more modern work they may employ at their firms. It will conclude with some time for Q&A at the end.
Washington, DC
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Horticulture / Plants
Residential Design
Site Planning
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
-Develop an understanding of the history the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks
-Discuss the demographics of the local residents and tourists who visit these gardens
-Understand the design factors and guidelines followed by the original landscape architects who originally designed the spaces
-Gather ideas for garden spaces to be replicated on future projects around the country
Dennis Nola, ASLA, and a local expert not affiliated with Victor Stanley, Inc.
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