Dumbarton Oaks garden closed for a while to replace what was probably 100 year old piping for fountains and no doubt shore up some walls and a few other things. As a result, I was shut out of this particular paradise for some time. Over the weekend, I took the opportunity to go for a visit.
Those of you who follow the blog know this is my favorite place in Washington, D.C., and that I have written about it multiple times (just put Dumbarton Oaks in the search box). I was hoping there would be a new art installation, and to my delight, there was!
All of the exhibits have been organically part of the garden. This one, done by Martha Jackson Jarvis, a local artist, was no exception. I saw the forms that looked like seed pods in a couple places in the garden.
There were also structures made from bamboo harvested from the gardens and embellished with metal, glass and other materials.
While I could see that the green mosaic work was a stem and the red mosaic work might be seeds peeping out from a disintegrating outer shell, the second group of pods looked more like wounded slugs fleeing evil bamboo towers than fallen pods, but then, how did day of the triffids start?
The garden had beautiful surprises other than the art installation. There were fall crocuses.
The cones on the Cedars of Lebanon look to be near the completion of their two year development.
The view into Rock Creek Park showed the color that’s left in this odd delayed season.
There were paths that had to be walked,
Roses that needed to be sniffed,
Surprises at the end of paths,
And places to rest.
Have a great week!