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Virtual Family Fun | Miniature Garden Workshop

Build a magical, miniature world, inspired by Hillwood’s Japanese-style garden, in this first-ever Hillwood gardening workshop especially for families!

Celebrate Earth Day early, and connect with nature, as your family plants your own miniature garden and creates a whimsical world from natural materials, including many gathered from Hillwood’s plants.

Jessica Bonilla, director of horticulture, will highlight some key features in Hillwood's Japanese-style garden before sharing step-by-step directions on how to create your family’s own enchanting, miniature garden.

Supplies are not included, but families may choose to order materials to pick up from Hillwood (see details below). For those who do not order supplies, a materials list will be shared in advance should participants wish to follow along at home.

These container gardens are intended for outdoor locations in the mid-Atlantic, in partial shade.

Suggested for young gardeners ages five and up with their adults, but all ages are welcome.  A minimum of five households must be registered for this program to take place.

To see how else Hillwood is celebrating Earth Day, adults may enjoy our Virtual Earth Day Event to learn more about Hillwood’s conservation efforts and projects.

For an additional fee of $35, participants will receive all necessary materials, including a container, soil, plants, and accessories made from found objects and natural materials. Participants will also need water and a spoon for digging soil.

Exact supplies may vary based on availability due to coronavirus-related supply chain issues. Materials are limited to twenty. 

Interested participants must pre-order their materials by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 12, and collect them from Hillwood the afternoon before, or morning of the program. Contact-free pickup is available between 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16 and 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 17.

This virtual family program is presented live online via Zoom. A link will be emailed to registered participants prior to the program. To get started, please download Zoom on your chosen device and explore the Frequently Asked Questions
Hillwood’s youth and family programs are supported by a grant from the Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation. This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. All exhibitions and programs are funded in part by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts through the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program.