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Gardener's Focus: The Fall Garden

Get an intimate look at Hillwood’s gardens with the experts! Jessica Bonilla, head gardener, highlights the fall seasonal plantings.

Fall is a beautiful time at Hillwood! Chrysanthemums and cool season annuals take center stage but each season highlights the beautiful trees, shrubs, and perennials. Learn about the design process and the plants found along the tour route, including firsthand stories of practical gardening lessons.

Tickets are distributed at the visitor center upon opening each day. A limited number of tickets may be pre-reserved by phone by Hillwood members. This forty-minute tour is limited to twenty and meets in the visitor center conservatory. 


Jessica Bonilla is the head gardener at Hillwood. Joining the team in 2009, she leads a staff responsible for all aspects of garden upkeep. With nearly twenty 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.