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Gardening with Ellen

An Urban Oasis

Is Washington DC “in our area?” Yes or no, if you love visiting gardens (and

mansions) there is a hidden gem to be found there, the stunning Hillwood Estate

Museum and Gardens, situated on an unassuming residential street. Thirteen

acres of formal gardens extend from the house in a progression of outdoor rooms. Marjorie Merriweather Post deserves our thanks for transforming her home into a museum and her property into a peaceful oasis. The Japanese styled garden, with its stone steps leading down a cascading waterfall and interesting contrasts of color and texture, is a favorite. Another favorite is the French Parterre, a formal 18th-century

garden and pool enclosed by walls of ivy, quite a contrast in its symmetry and simplicity to the other spaces. Orchids were Mrs. Post's favorite flower and she built FOUR greenhouses to grow them. A rose garden, a four seasons overlook, a putting green and so much more, make this a must-see! Allow for at least 3 hours to see both the mansion and gardens. Even if you don’t dine at their café, the trip will be well worth it. Hillwood, located at 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Wash., DC, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm and some Sundays.

Check http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org for full details.

 

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