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Terrarium Workshop

Liven up your home with a charming world-within-a-world.

Build and learn how to maintain a bonsai-inspired closed terrarium.

All materials are included. The container is approximately eight inches in diameter. Payment is required in advance due to materials fees, and is non-refundable. This program is limited to twelve people, and must have a minimum of four participants to take place.  In the event that the workshop is cancelled, participants may choose to participate in another session.

About the Instructors

Frances Vandenbroucke, gardener II, has been a gardener at Hillwood for nearly fourteen years, starting first as a volunteer before being hired to care for the Japanese-style garden in 2002. Before coming to Hillwood, she was the horticulturist at Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pop-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia, a National Trust historic site. There she was responsible for the plantings and maintenance of the gardens and designed a new landscape for the Pope-Leighey House, based on Wright's original drawings. She received her horticultural training at Northern Virginia Community College.

Jessica Bonilla is the head gardener at Hillwood. Joining the team in 2009, she and her staff are responsible for all aspects of garden upkeep. With nearly 20 years of experience, she started her career in commercial landscaping and in 2000 became head gardener at a private estate in Rochester, NY, where she also ran her own landscaping business. She currently lectures for both garden clubs and Hillwood volunteers, leads Hillwood workshops, and teaches the biology class for the Master Gardener program. She is a licensed pesticide applicator, a member of the Boxwood Society, and has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Contracting from Penn State.