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SUB-SERIES — Folder: 11 Identifier: DDO-RB-GAR-001

Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Crabapple Hill

Scope and Contents

Three black and white photographs and two color photographs of Crabapple Hill, a garden area in the Dumbarton Oaks Garden, Washington, D.C.

Crabapple Hill is one of a number of plantings Beatrix Farrand, landscape gardener, planned to feature a variety of similar blooms en masse. This hillside, located north of the swimming pool, is covered with crabapples and edged with low shrubs. The trees are planted in approximately four rows, in a triangular shape stretching down the slope. A pathway intersects the crabapples, cutting north from the swimming pool to the Ellipse. For groundcover, Farrand suggested a blend of honeysuckle, Vinca, and ivy. The informal design of Crabapple Hill was chosen to offset the strict formality of its neighboring garden areas, North Vista and the Ellipse.


  • 1921-1979

Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English with a few items in Greek, Latin, French, Italian, or Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

An appointment is required to consult the collection. Please submit appointment requests here: For research queries, contact the staff of Rare Book Collection (


8 linear feet (23 boxes of textual material with approximately 2631 items; 2411 drawings; and 1235 photographs)

Repository Details

Part of the Dumbarton Oaks Repository

Dumbarton Oaks holds archival collections in its Rare Book Collection, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, and the Dumbarton Oaks Archives. The collections include: the papers of noteworthy scholars in the three fields that Dumbarton Oaks supports (Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape); image collections depicting objects or sites of topical interest to scholars in the three fields; Beatrix Farrand’s personal archive of letters and original drawings that document the development of the Dumbarton Oaks Garden; and institutional records and architectural plans and drawings documenting the history of Dumbarton Oaks. For more information about hours and to make an appointment to consult any of the collections listed here, please fill out the request form:

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