Dumbarton Oaks & Hillwood House...

Spotted this magical cloud sculpture on a recent visit to Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.  Composed of chicken wire and dangling crystals, the fiery spots of color jump out of the landscape from near and far.  The gardens are like a world in themselves, and many happy hours can be spent wandering and enjoying.  I ran out of time, but plan to visit the museum on my next visit.

I spent a lovely day touring Hillwood House and gardens.  Marjorie Merriweather Post’s last residence sets the stage for her magnificent collection of Faberge, jewels, porcelain and much, much more.  (Dina Merrill, her daughter, is the client of one of Peter’s oldest friends.  We actually own needlepoint carpets from “The Sea Cloud.”)

The very knowledgeable docents lead tours of the house and gardens, both well worth a visit.  Three greenhouses are home to her vast collection orchids, most of which were resting.  There were enough in bloom to make me mentally note that a return visit in March will be in order.  I liked the juxtaposition of the comfortable lawn furniture (hers) with the formal gardens.  There is a nice cafĂ©, and picnicking is encouraged.