The East Park is a landscaped area just to the east of the house itself which is open to the public. As part of the NSCDA Centennial efforts in the early 1990s, it was decided that the vacant lot adjacent to Dumbarton House, donated to the National Society in the 1950s by the Belin family, should be turned into a garden. The Georgetown Garden Club graciously funded the plant material, the planting itself, as well as the landscape design of the park.
The park was designed by noted landscape architect M. Meade Palmer. Palmer graduated from Cornell University with his degree in landscape architecture, and achieved notoriety in the Washington, D.C. area for his minimalist designs which often incorporated a plethora of plant species native to the region. Palmer’s other notable landscape designs in the area include Bull Run Regional Park in Manassas and especially the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove in Lady Bird Johnson Park on the Potomac River.
Dumbarton House is very grateful for the Georgetown Garden Club’s generous donation which made the beautiful East Park possible.