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Fragrant Herb Workshop

Tour Hillwood's herb garden before creating your very own fragrant container of herbs. 

You'll leave the hands-on workshop with: 

  • Eight small aromatic and culinary herb plants, including lavender, rosemary, and peppermint; and
  • Twelve-inch terra cotta pot.

You'll learn how to:

  • Care for the container garden or transplant your herbs to grow and thrive in your garden;
  • Preserve and dry herbs;
  • Use herbs in fragrant dishes, simple syrups, and vinegars; and
  • Create pleasing home scents such as modern sachets and potpourris.

All supplies are included in this workshop, and latex gloves are available. (You're welcome to bring your own gloves if you'd prefer.)  An old blanket or two in your trunk makes for an easy clean up and provides a way to help cradle the container during the drive home. 

This program is limited to sixteen people. Payment is required in advance and is non-refundable. This workshop must  have a minimum of four participants. In the event the workshop is canceled, participants may choose a refund or to participate in another session. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. You'll be standing and working with plant material. 



Jessica BonillaJessica Bonilla is the head gardener at Hillwood. Joining the team in 2009, she leads her staff in maintaining all aspects of garden upkeep. With over 20 years of experience, she started her career in commercial landscaping and in 2000 became head gardener at a private estate in Rochester, NY, where she also ran her own landscaping business. She currently leads a variety of educational programs at Hillwood and teaches the botany class for the DC Master Gardener program. She has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Contracting from Penn State and is a member of the Boxwood Society.

  • Herb Garden at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
    Herb Garden at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • Three people potting herbs at Hillwood's fragrant herb workshop
  • Finished container of herbs from Hillwood's fragrant herb workshop