While I enjoyed the collection of Russian imperial and French decorative arts displayed in the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the time spent walking through the landscaped gardens and natural woodlands just made my day. The property is large so give yourself plenty of time to stroll and soak up the colors and shapes of the tress and plants. Really, there is something for everybody. Rose admirers may enjoy a meticulously executed flower beds with a variety of roses; others may cherish a moment of being surrounded by tall trees. My favorite, however, was the Japanese-style garden.
It seems May and early June in Washington D.C. bring out the best in flowers and trees commonly planted in a traditional Japanese setting. The colors! My eyes could not get enough of the rich reds, pastel greens, bright yellows ... See for yourself in the pictures below. Ponds, bridges, and sculptures added to the loveliness of this special section of Hillwood.
I am hoping to visit soon to see the changing beauty of this estate.