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Gardener's Focus: Japanese-style Garden

Get an intimate look at Hillwood’s gardens with the experts!

Be inspired with a behind-the-scenes look at the intricately manicured yet “naturally wild” Japanese-style garden. Please note that the Japanese-style garden is accessible via steep stairs and paths which may have no railings. Visitors who are uncomfortable descending stairs can see much of the garden from an overlook.

Tickets are distributed at the visitor center upon opening each day. A limited number of tickets may be pre-reserved by phone by Hillwood members. This thirty-minute tour is limited to twenty and meets by the Lunar Lawn on Wednesdays in July.


Frances Vandenbroucke has been a gardener at Hillwood for nearly fourteen years, starting first as a volunteer before being hired to care for the Japanese-style garden in 2002. Before coming to Hillwood, she was the horticulturist at Woodlawn and Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia, a National Trust historic site. There she was responsible for the plantings and maintenance of the gardens and designed a new landscape for the Pope-Leighey House, based on Wright's original drawings. She received her horticultural training at Northern Virginia Community College.

  • Japanese-style Garden at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Erik Kvalsvik