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Gardener's Focus Tour | An Orchid-Filled Greenhouse

Cattleya Eleanor RooseveltGet an intimate look at Hillwood's orchids with the experts!

Join one of Hillwood's orchid experts for a twenty-minute tour of the greenhouse, which houses 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 Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center upon opening each day. This twenty-minute tour is limited to eight and meets in the visitor center conservatory. ​


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 in 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.

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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