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Bounty of the Cutting Garden

Gardener's Focus Tour with Drew Asbury at Hillwood.

This summer, unearth the boundless beauty of the cutting garden and explore sustainable gardening practices at Hillwood on Tuesday, June 18 and June 21 from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Cutting garden white and purple alliumsMarjorie Merriweather Post loved displaying fresh cut flowers throughout her home. This tradition continues today as the cutting garden produces nearly one thousand stems a week during the height of summer. From sunflowers and zinnias to eucalyptus and lisianthus, a weekly harvest supplies a bounty of flowers which are used in arrangements throughout the property. Learn about sustainability at Hillwood through insider information about our green initiatives and ecological horticultural practices. Tour the garden in all its glory and learn a few tips and secrets from a Hillwood gardener along the way.

Tickets are distributed at the Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center upon opening each day. This thirty-minute tour is limited to fifteen and meets in the visitor center conservatory.

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 garden design from The George Washington University in 2020.