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Gardener's Focus: Summer Designs

Get an intimate look at Hillwood’s gardens—and the creative design process—with the experts! Jessica Bonilla, head gardener, highlights the summer seasonal plantings.

Part of the magic of Hillwood’s is the constantly changing seasonal plant displays! Each season features new and exciting plants paired in unique combinations. Learn about the design process that went into creating these beautiful displays including first-hand stories of practical gardening lessons.

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 forty-minute tour is limited to twenty, and meets on the second floor of the visitor center on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in late June and early July.

About the Presenter

Jessica Bonilla is the head gardener at Hillwood. Joining the team in 2009, she and her staff are responsible for all aspects of garden upkeep. With nearly twenty 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 lectures for both garden clubs and Hillwood volunteers, leads Hillwood workshops, and teaches the biology class for the Master Gardener program. She is a licensed pesticide applicator, a member of the Boxwood Society, and has a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Contracting from Penn State.

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