Marjorie Merriweather Post had the greenhouses constructed to house her extensive collection of exotic orchids, as well as cut flowers grown for floral arrangements throughout the mansion. Horticulturist Drew Asbury brings the orchid-filled greenhouses to you in this 20-minute virtual tour. Learn about the history of the greenhouses, Post’s infatuation with orchids, and the exotic blooms and fragrances on display now, while asking questions in real time.
CONNECTING WITH ZOOM
This virtual tour is presented live via Zoom. The tour begins at 1:30 p.m. and an online "waiting room" opens at 1 p.m. Questions can be submitted via the chat feature. Please note that this program will be recorded.
ABOUT THE GUIDE
Drew Asbury (he/him) is Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. He joined Hillwood in 2012 and is responsible for the greenhouses, the cutting garden, and the horticulture volunteer program. Drew has worked professionally in the horticulture industry for nearly twenty years in a variety of positions including garden center sales, greenhouse growing, and landscape management and design. Drew graduated from the Longwood Gardens professional gardener training program in 2006 and completed a Master's degree in sustainable landscape design from The George Washington University in 2020.