Big changes afoot at Dumbarton Oaks Park

April 15

In 2011, the Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy was formed. The organization, inspired in part by the successful Central Park Conversancy, seeks to restore the magnificent park back to its original state as conceived by the legendary Beatrix Farrand.

Three years on, and the group has begun to display significant progress towards that goal. I took a walking tour last week with the conservancy’s outreach director, Lindsey Milstein, and learned a great deal about what has been done, and what’s in store.

There are hugely ambitious plans for the park. But the immediate challenge — and one that threads through most of the the discussions of the park — is that presented by the invasive plants that have a foothold throughout the park.

The bulk of the visible progress against this challenge can be seen just past the park’s gate at the bottom of Lover’s Lane. As you can see above, great swaths of brush have been cleared on the hillside below Dumbarton Oaks gardens. Those tubular shapes on the hillside will remain and the plants and vegetation will grow up and over them, giving the slope ridges. This will be both attractive and prevent further erosion.

Planted among the tubes are saplings of native trees, which will eventually replace the invasive Norway maples that were reduced to stumps.

[Continue reading Topher Mathews' post at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]

Topher Mathews blogs at The Georgetown Metropolitan . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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