Garden Party

Tudor Place Historic House & Garden offers a dose of serenity in the nation’s capital.

Built in the 19th century, Tudor Place Historic House & Garden—a Federal-style mansion where Martha Washington’s granddaughter once lived—is located in D.C.’s swank Georgetown neighborhood. Overlooking the Potomac River, this urban estate with five-and-a-half-acres of grounds is one of the country’s first National Historic Landmarks. It elicits a tranquility that is worlds apart from the chaos of politics consuming the rest of the capital. Go on a tour of the well-preserved home designed by self-taught architect Dr. William Thornton, and gawk at highlights such as the domed, marble-floored temple portico. Then, linger in the garden, where President Grover Cleveland would often watch a tennis game on the way to his country home. Here, you’ll find trees and shrubs from over 200 years ago framing the South Lawn, as well as lovely roses, English boxwood, woodlands, and Florentine tulips. For another mesmerizing patch of greenery, take a stroll to Dumbarton Oaks (before they temporarily shutter for eight months starting July 10) less than 10 minutes away. Dating from the 1920s, this old-fashioned country house that belonged to Robert Woods and Mildred Barnes Bliss was designed by landscape gardener Beatrix Farrand, and its highlights include a number of terraces—the shady Beech, the wisteria covered Arbor, and the Arts and Crafts-meets-English Cottage-style Fountain. Don’t miss Box Walk, a staircase flanked by boxwood hedges, the hornbeam encircled Ellipse, the lush Lilac Circle for a bit of reflection, or the bamboo-bordered Lovers’ Lane Pool.

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