March is beautiful at Hillwood
Spring is coming! Wander the gardens to find early bloomers, and celebrate Orchid Month, in honor of Marjorie Post's favorite flower. With displays on view and a variety of exciting virtual programs this month, Hillwood has something for everyone, both in person and from home.
Determined Women: Collectors, Artists, and Designers at Hillwood
Through June 18, 2023
Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was an astute business executive, discerning collector, and committed philanthropist. As a strong woman in a male-dominated world, she greatly admired her predecessors—influential women who ran countries, inspired reforms, supported culture, and created art and design. This special exhibition is the first at Hillwood to share the stories of the women behind the objects in the museum’s collection, rather than just of the artworks themselves.
Featuring nearly 100 items, ranging from the 1700s to today, the exhibition follows Marjorie Post’s and Hillwood’s collecting journeys through the lens of pieces featuring, created by, or inspired by women, illustrating the significant presence of women in the arts and demonstrating their diverse artworks and experiences. Explore the innovative and intrepid women at Hillwood, through the finest examples of portraiture, ceramics, enamel, fashion, furniture, and more.
Marjorie Merriweather Post had a lifelong love affair with orchids, her favorite flower, investing significant resources into fueling this passion. Today, Hillwood's collection contains over 2,000 orchids of approximately 1,200 different species, hybrids, and clones. As one of the only public gardens in Washington, D.C. that offers daily access to a working greenhouse filled with orchids, our month-long focus on these exotic beauties features workshops, tours, and colorful displays.
Gardener's Focus Tour | An Orchid-Filled Greenhouse
Wednesday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2023, 10:30-10:50 a.m. and 12:30-12:50 p.m.
Join one of Hillwood's orchid experts for a twenty-minute tour of the greenhouse, which houses Marjorie Merriweather Post's extensive collection of exotic orchids.
Virtual Tour | An Orchid-Filled Greenhouse
Thursday, March 9, 2023, 1:30-2 p.m.
Horticulturist Drew Asbury brings Hillwood’s orchid-filled greenhouses to you, sharing the history of the greenhouses, Marjorie Post’s infatuation with orchids, and the exotic blooms and fragrances on display now.
Virtual Horticulture How-To | Orchid 101
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 1:30-3 p.m.
Learn how to care for your orchid and get blooms year after year from Drew Asbury, Hillwood’s horticulturist.
Virtual Floral Design | Celebrating Orchids
Friday, March 17, 2023, 1:30-2 p.m.
Join Ami Wilber, floral and event décor designer, to conjure tropical bliss and create a beautiful floral arrangement featuring orchids.
The Elegant Life: Rooms that Welcome and Inspire with Alex Papachristidis
Thursday, March 2, 2023, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Please note: The is the fourth final program in the Great Homes and Gardens lecture series. In-person tickets have sold out.
Alex Papachristidis, interior decorator, will present the varied ways he makes spaces versatile to share with family and friends, highlighting an array of arresting projects, from a modern beach house to a colorful bohemian apartment.
Girl Scout Healthy Living Badge Workshop
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 10:30 a.m.-Noon and 2:30-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 26, 2023, 2:30-4 p.m.
Calling all Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts! Try out yoga poses, play lawn games, and create art in Hillwood’s spectacular gardens, while earning your healthy living badge.
Four Determined Women in Hillwood's Collection
Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Lecture 6:30-7:30 p.m.)
Please note: This lecture will be presented in person and online via Zoom.
Wilfried Zeisler, Megan Martinelli, and Jason Speck, authors of Hillwood’s newest publication The Houses and Collections of Marjorie Merriweather Post: The Joy of It, explore valiant women within Hillwood’s collection in this illustrated lecture.