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Gardener's Focus: The Spring Garden

Get an intimate look at Hillwood’s gardens—and the creative design process—with the experts! 

Part of the magic of Hillwood’s is the constantly changing seasonal plant displays, partnered with the beauty of their surrounding. Each season features new and exciting plants paired in unique combinations. The spring plantings feature more than 25,000 blooming bulbs. Learn about the design process that went into creating these beautiful displays, other seasonal highlights of the garden and first-hand 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 and her staff are responsible for all aspects of garden upkeep. With over 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 leads a variety of educational programs at Hillwood and teaches the botany class for the DC Master Gardener program. She has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Contracting from Penn State and is a member of the Boxwood Society.