Marjorie Merriweather Post, who grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan and was the daughter of Ella Merriweather Post and Charles William Post of the Post Cereal empire. Throughout her life and privileged travels, she collected objects, works of art, literature, and other objets d’arts from around the world, including a vast number of Faberge eggs as well as the largest collection of Russian Imperial era works of art outside of Russia, which are now on display at her former home, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. With the hope of collecting beautiful objects and creating enchanting gardens that would one day be displayed and enjoyed by the public, Ms. Post created an enduring legacy of natural beauty, history, and cultural exchange that we very much enjoyed on our inaugural visit to Washington D.C.
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
Location: Washington, D.C.
Address:4155 Linnean Avenue,
NW Washington, DC 20008
Admission: Purchase timed tickets here
Hours: Click here for up to date hours
Parking: Free parking on site
Handicap Accessible: No
Reservations are currently required to visit the estate & garden, and there are separate tickets for the mansion and gardens. We decided to visit here on a whim, and thankfully we could get in to see the gardens, but tickets for the mansion were sold out for the day. I’d love to one day come back and see the entire property, but for now I loved seeing the distinct gardens on the 25 acre estate, including the French knot garden shown above, the lunar garden, a Japanese inspired garden, and an extensive rose garden.
The property also had a rather large glasshouse greenhouse with a vast array of colorful orchids, including several rare and difficult to cultivate varieties. I absolutely adore visiting gardens, and as you may have noticed, I make it a point to visit at least one garden in each major city we visit, and Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens had one of the most lovely gardens we’ve visited in recent memory. There was even a cutting garden near the glasshouse, which the estate caretakers regularly take from to create floral arrangements that are displayed within the mansion.
Our experience here was lovely, and we enjoyed strolling the grounds, taking in the natural beauty, and admiring the gardeners’ expertise in crafting intricate floral and shrubbery displays. There was even a large topiary made from Ivy from Buckingham Palace in London, England, which was really quite impressive. Parking was a breeze, and everything was easily walkable. We spent about 3 hours here, and had an incredible time. If you love gardens, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is certainly a must-visit in Washington, D.C.!