Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hillwood Gardens Part II

Continuation of yesterpost...

The Japanese-style garden at Hillwood Estate blends local flora with Japanese plants, along with decorations reminiscent of Japan. The garden is built into the hillside. Our children enjoyed going up and down the various paths, crossing the bridges, and stepping carefully along the small grinding stones.

Japanese garden

Birds of a feather

Toddler enjoying the rocks

Older children also enjoy the rocks

Daughter crossing stepping stones

Cute turtle

The stepping stones

View from the top of the garden

Next to the house is the French parterre, a formal garden in the style from 1700s France. A large hedge with one or two passageways leads into the garden.

Hedge entrance into parterre


Diana, godess of the hunt, guards the far end of the parterre.


The sculpted shrubs fascinated our children, but not as much as the water fountain in the middle. We had to make some effort to keep the kids dry!

Sculpted shrubbery

A fun fountain

A small patio up against the house provides the water for the fountain and has very lovely decorations. The sphinx fascinated me with its blend of Egyptian roots, Victorian face, and Italian Renaissance cherub on back.


Water source

Dressing room window overlooking the parterre

View of parterre from the house

We next visited the rose garden. We chose the time of our visit poorly (late October)--not many flowers were on display. Each bed is planted with one type of summer-blooming rose, so we will have to come back. Under the column in the center of the garden, Marjorie Merriweather Post's ashes are buried.

Entrance to rose garden

Rose garden

Burial spot for the home owner

Flowers not in bloom

Leading out of the rose garden is the Friendship Walk, a pathway created by Marjorie's friends to honor her philanthropy. The path ends at the Four Seasons Overlook, a quiet spot for reflection and relaxation.

Friendship walk

The Four Seasons Overlook





The gardens are lovely and we may return someday (like next summer!).

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