What's in Bloom

Set on twenty-five acres adjacent to Rock Creek Park, Hillwood’s Gardens contain a diverse and fascinating array of plants. There's still time to enjoy Orchid Month activities and spring has made a comeback in the gardens. Come catch a peek! 

Upright, yellow blooms of Cymbidium Mighty Tracey 'Moon Walk'

Cymbidium Mighty Tracey 'Moon Walk' in bloom

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The flower laden branches of the Yoshino cherry

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Paphiopedilum Wayne Booth ‘Orchidheights’ x Iowii ‘Orchidheights’ in bloom

Paphiopedilum Wayne Booth ‘Orchidheights’ x Iowii ‘Orchidheights’ in bloom

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Big white blooms of the Japanese camellia

Big white blooms of the Japanese camellia

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Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’

Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’ and more blooming in the greenhouse.

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The beautiful orange and yellow flowers of Narcissus 'Brackenhurst'

The beautiful orange and yellow flowers of Narcissus 'Brackenhurst'

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The unique spider-like flowers of Brassia 'Rex'

The unique spider-like flowers of Brassia 'Rex'

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Blooms abound in March!

  • Marjorie Post loved orchids. From the exotic looking to the more traditional, we’re sure you’ll find something to love too. Take a look at Cybidium Mighty Tracey ‘Moon Walk.’ This orchid sports a very upright, long lasting, flower spike held far above its foliage. A native to the higher elevations of Asia, this orchid needs cooler night temperatures to bloom. Find this and more blooming in the greenhouse today!

  • The icon of cherry trees in the DC area, our Yoshino cherries (Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono') are in full bloom around the Lunar Lawn. Heavy clusters of single white flowers give the tree a cloud-like effect. They have a short bloom time so come and see them while you can.

  • Paphiopedilum Wayne Booth ‘Orchidheights’ x Iowii ‘Orchidheights’ is one of the taller Paphiopedilum in our collection. At nearly two feet tall, this slipper orchid is reaching new heights and conquering hearts with its multiple blooms, long twisted sepals and dusky purplish red coloring. See a wide variety of these orchids in bloom in the greenhouse.

  • Japanese camellia (Camellia japonica) is an evergreen shrub with leathery, glossy, dark green leaves. Species plants have single flowers but cultivars can be semi-double, anemone, peony or rose-form double. This white one is blooming along the woodland path but others of pink or red, all with yellow anthers, can be found sprinkled throughout the gardens.

  • One of the most popular orchids is the Phalaenopsis, which can be found in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Phalaenopsis Baldan’s Kaleidoscope ‘Golden Treasure’ has beautiful pink veining on a background of yellow. Have you received a Phalaenopsis as a gift? Join one of our workshops and learn how get blooms year after year.

  • To greet you at the gate is the yellow and orange, large-cupped daffodil, Narcissus 'Brackenhurst.’ This cultivar was developed in 1977, the same year we opened to the public. It is an earlier bloomer and along with hyacinths creates a nice bright spot of color in the early spring landscape. Check out our spring design tours in April. 

  • Also known as spider orchids, Brassias have long narrow sepals and petals that look like spider legs.  Among the most exotic looking orchids, they hail from the tropical regions of the Americas.  Most are epiphytes, deriving their moisture and minerals from the air. Learn more during orchid month throughout March!                                                       

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