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Pollinator-friendly Container Workshop

Explore Hillwood's seasonal container gardens and create your own sweet, fragrant container of plants that attract butterflies, birds, bees, and other pollinators.

At least seventy-five percent of the world's flowering plants (including fruits, vegetables, and seeds) depend on pollinators. Populations of these friendly animals are declining, but even small gardens of pollinator-friendly plants provide crucial habitat.

You'll leave this hands-on workshop with:

  • A colorful and fragrant container of blooms including:
    • Perrennials such as bee balm, salvia, and catmint
    • Annuals including Gomphrena, lantana, and lobularia
    • Verbena, which is a strong reseeding plant

You'll learn:

  • Which beautiful plants enrich your garden and attract butterflies, birds and bees
  • How to select a variety of complimentary plants for a lush finished container
  • How to care for your container so you can enjoy the blooms all summer long

These planters will require a sunny location with a minimum of four to six hours of sun.

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 your 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.

  • Containers at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens
  • Container workshop tour at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens