Gardens of Hillwood

In the Lunar Lawn the magnolia blooms were breathtaking, along with spring blooming azaleas and dogwoods. This garden was designed for entertaining on a grand scale.
Foo Dog statue along the garden path.

Diana the Roman goddess of the hunt in the French Parterre garden, which are formal beds divided by paths.

This weekend was spent exploring the gardens on the Hillwood Estate in upper northwest Washington, and to see the varying gardens with greenhouses set on 25 acres that sit adjacent to Rock Creek Park are breathtakingly inspiring. For an entire day we were able to see what prominent landscape architects Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel were able to do in capturing the vision of Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1950’s.

Their formal gardens extend from the house’s terraces and porches in a progression called “outdoor rooms”. Each area compliments the mansion’s interior spaces or design if you will so, as you stroll the grounds you see beauty all year long.

Hillwood Estate and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
{202} 686-5807

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Spring in Bloom

Finally, the first signs of spring are appearing, and after the long winter, I am just as excited as the flowers to feel the sun on my face or to push my fingers through the rich soil. Here in Northern Virginia the weather is still on the cold side of the season so, its enjoyable to head to the District of Columbia in order to experience the Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Basin, magnolias flowering around the Mall or seeing exotic flowers at the National Arboretum.  One of my dearest friends Kiwi enjoying the day in Washington surrounded by beautiful blooms, which affirms the arrival of spring. Witnessing this spectacular transformation of color and warmth throughout the city is the best way to spend a Saturday.