The Hillwood Estate Gardens
So another garden we saw that Friday was the Hillwood Estate, which has 25 acres of grounds (plus a mansion and some other buildings) in the Northwest part of DC. It belonged to Marjorie Post for much of the last century. Marjorie owned General Foods, so she had a decent amount of disposable income. She left Hillwood as a public garden and museum, which was very nice of her.
Hillwood is actually a collection of gardens, not one garden. The first we passed through was a formal French parterre. Yawn. Not my thing.
Though I thought this sphinx was kind of unusual. Could it have been inspired by the owner?
Marjorie created a cemetery for her dearly departed pets, complete with statuary and granite head stones. She was definitely a dog person.
So for me the Hillwood Estates had two highlights: the Japanese-style garden and the cutting garden. The Japanese garden had two stepping stone paths that let you walk across the water feature. They were fun.
Striking vignettes were hidden from the garden paths, then were suddenly revealed.
Here’s the other stepping stone crossing.
I liked using fish poking their heads out of the water for the fountain.
An exceptionally nice waterfall.
Pink water lilies were in bloom.
We also spent some time in the rose garden. It was nice to sit in the shade of the arbor on that hot day.
This looks a lot like ‘Sally Holmes’, but I’m not sure. It was certainly fragrant.
Here’s the cutting garden. I loved the row of tall yellow Verbascum.
I thought the yellow Achillea and the blue Globe Thistle (Echinops) made a handsome couple.
There was also a bed of tall blue flowers that I thought was wonderful: Eryngium, Delphinium, Verbena, and I forget what else.
Oh, and I should mention that there was a very impressive greenhouse with quite the orchid collection.
I’m certainly glad that Hillwood was included on the 2017 Fling itinerary. If I had only a limited time to visit I would stick with the Japanese-style garden and the cutting garden, but that’s just me.
That’s all for now.