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A Day of Horticulture for Volunteers

Join us for an autumnal themed “Day of Horticulture” in the Visitor Center Theater: 

Perennials for the Autumn Garden

Sandy Flowers, director of horticulture for the Washington National Cathedral, will share her experiences using perennials in the autumn garden. She notes that some perennials can have a second flush of color and autumn blooming perennials come into their own. Blooms in the garden combined with autumn leaf color can carry your garden all the way to frost.

Bulbs for Fall Planting

Hillwood’s head grower Drew Asbury will discuss planting techniques and the best times and bulbs to plant in the fall for spring bloom. He will also talk about the fall blooming bulbs that add color to the late season garden.

Annuals that Last into Autumn

By the end of summer some annuals have played out and need to be removed to keep the garden looking fresh. There are some plants that just keep on going. Jessica Bonilla, head gardener, will let us know which annuals look good till frost and some techniques to keep them looking their best.

A Few Shrubs for the Fall Garden

There are a number of shrubs that look good in the fall. Some have showy autumn color and others have bright berries that make a stunning display till the birds get hungry. Even the dried flower heads of the hydrangea add a seasonal look to the garden.

Please register in advance on the sign-up sheets on the clipboard in the horticulture building hallway or contact Bill Johnson at 202.243.3927 or

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit the Jobs and volunteering page to learn more about Hillwood's volunteer opportunities.