Sorry, but it’s too late to visit the popular, beautiful gardens of Dumbarton Oaks. Until March 15, 2018, the gardens will be closed for stormwater remediation efforts.
Current Newspapers reported that the original irrigation and water management pipes currently on the site are made of terra cotta. Dating back nearly 100 years, the pipes are cracked and crumbling, but the new ones that will be installed will be made of a more durable material, called polyvinyl chloride.
During the renovations, the museum and main house will remain open, and the adjacent Dumbarton Oaks Park will be unaffected. By next spring, the public park will also undergo a two-year pipe and irrigation restoration project.
Looking for new gardens to explore? Check out this Curbed DC article.
• Dumbarton Oaks closes gardens for pipe project [Current Newspapers]
• 20 secret gardens and green spaces in Washington, D.C. [Curbed DC]