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Gardener's Focus Tour | The Spring Garden

View from Hillwood's French ParterrePart of the magic of Hillwood is the constantly changing seasonal plant displays. Each season features new and exciting plants in unique combinations. Explore Hillwood’s magnificent spring displays featuring tens of thousands of cheerful bulbs with Jessica Bonilla, director of horticulture. Learn about the design process that led to this year’s unique display 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 decade as the head gardener. She leads her staff in maintaining all aspects of garden 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 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.