You are here

Gardener's Focus: Earth Day

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day and learn about Hillwood's environmental stewardship with head gardener Jessica Bonilla!

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 twenty-minute tour is limited to twenty and meets in the visitor center conservatory.


Jessica 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.

  • Hillwood's azaleas and armillary sphere, with overlayed text reading Earth Day
    Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, photographed by Erik Kvalsvik