Orchids in the greenhouse


Explore 13 acres of fall gardens in bloom.

Japanese-style Garden Bridges and Gate Restoration

Bridge in the Japanese-style gardenWe break ground almost every day here at Hillwood, planting, turning, and cultivating the gardens to maintain them to the pristine standards set by founder Marjorie Merriweather Post for the enjoyment of future generations. Now, a groundbreaking of another sort will begin on a special project to restore the bridges and gate in the Japanese-style garden to ensure continued visitor safety and structural longevity.

An artful hybrid of Japanese and American gardening traditions, this gardens combines native and Japanese plants, ornamentation, and design concepts to transform this hillside beauty into a captivating space. 

In order to make these repairs, the fountains have been turned off and the ponds drained. While impacted pathways will be closed, the garden as a whole will remain open. 

While the fall gardens transition to winter, preparations for the project are underway, with work continuing through December 9. 

The good news is that work on this initiative will not disrupt your visit or your enjoyment of the rest of the gardensmansionMerriweather Café, or museum shop