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French drawing room at Hillwood

Gardener's Focus Tour | An Orchid-Filled Greenhouse

Blooming Cattleya orchid in Hillwood's greenhouseJoin one of Hillwood’s orchid experts for a twenty-minute tour of the greenhouses which house Marjorie Merriweather Post’s extensive collection of exotic orchids, as well as cut flowers grown for floral arrangements throughout the mansion

Tickets are distributed at the visitor center upon opening each day. This twenty-minute tour is limited to eight, and meets in the Terrace Conservatory.

ABOUT THE GARDENERS

Andrew Bedenbaugh (he/him) is Hillwood’s orchid and tropical specialist. He joined Hillwood in 2016 and is responsible for the greenhouses, orchid volunteers, and orchid collection. Andrew has worked professionally in the horticulture and agriculture industry for over twenty years in a variety of positions, including garden center sales and greenhouse growing, along with landscape management and design. Andrew graduated from Northern Virginia Community College 2009 in Horticulture Technology and has a degree in Landscape Design Specialization. Andrew has been an active member in the American Orchid Society (AOS) and National Capital Orchid Society (NCOS) since 2004.

Drew Asbury (he/him) is Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. He joined Hillwood in 2012 and is responsible for the greenhouses, the cutting garden, and the horticulture volunteer program. Drew has worked professionally in the horticulture industry for nearly twenty years in a variety of positions including garden center sales, greenhouse growing, and landscape management and design. Drew graduated from the Longwood Gardens professional gardener training program in 2006 and completed a Master’s degree in sustainable garden design from The George Washington University in 2020.

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Tue, Mar 1 - Thu, Mar 31 2022, All day

Marjorie Merriweather Post had a lifelong love affair with orchids, her favorite flower, investing significant resources into fueling this passion. Today, Hillwood's collection contains over 2,000