American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Where Fabulous Lives: A Visit to Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
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Friday, June 21, 2019 - 12:20pm to 4:45pm
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
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There’s fabulous, and then there’s fabulous! Legendary collector and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post created a place that defines the word—Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Discover the beauty of this once private home, filled with extraordinary art surrounded by twenty-five acres of gardens and woodlands that delight in every season. In the murmuring of water flowing over stones, the crunch of gravel underfoot, and the brilliance of color blooming throughout the grounds, the sense of beauty and intention that characterized Marjorie Post’s way of life is experienced in each element of the garden oasis she created at Hillwood. Capturing the vision Post conceived when rebuilding the northwest Washington estate in the 1950s, knowing she would leave it to educate and inspire future generations, thirteen acres of formal gardens extend from the house’s terraces and porches in a progression of “outdoor rooms,” each meant to complement the splendid interior spaces, and connected through subtle transitional features.

Highlights include a French parterre, rose garden, a Japanese-style garden, the Lunar Lawn, putting green, and a greenhouse full of orchids. Director of horticulture Brian Barr will lead guests on a tour of these historic gardens, highlighting the variety of plantings that was carefully planned and selected by Post and landscape architects Innocenti and Webel, and discussing how Hillwood’s professional team maintains the pristine gardens today, inspired by the vision of its legendary founder. Start the immersive Hillwood experience with lunch in the delightful new Merriweather Café. 

Please Note: The Japanese-style Garden is not accessible by wheelchair. Please wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen.

IMPORTANT: This tour will eventually end up at Brookside Gardens. It will not be returning to the conference hotel.

Departure: Tours depart outside the Blue Room Prefunction on the East side of the conference hotel. Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to departure time.

Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations. All attendees must board the bus at the hotel and return with the group at the scheduled times.