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Gardener's Focus Tour | Plants of the Fall

Fall garden with red and orange mumsThe fall garden shines as plantings, accented by tens-of-thousands of chrysanthemums, begin to transition from the bright growth of summer to fall colors.

Jessica Bonilla, director of horticulture, highlights her favorite fall features and first-hand stories of practical gardening lessons. 

Tickets are distributed at the Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center upon opening each day. This forty-five-minute tour is limited to twenty and meets in the visitor center conservatory. 


Jessica Bonilla (she/her) became Hillwood’s director of horticulture in 2020, after more than a decade working in the horticulture department. She leads her staff in maintaining all aspects of garden and greenhouse upkeep. With over 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 leads a variety of educational programs at Hillwood and has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Contracting from Penn State.