Bequeathing Beauty:
Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

American heiress & philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post donated her lavish Hillwood Estate as a sanctuary dedicated to the celebration of beauty.

Equally impressive are the grounds surrounding the manse. “The gardens are distinctive for the feel of European country estates they bring to Washington, D.C.,” Rossotti notes. “Walking through the French Parterre, visitors are transported to an eighteenth-century French garden.” Here, English boxwood hedges are sculpted into scroll designs inspired by sixteenth-century ironwork. Other areas impart the grace and sense of serenity their owner strived to create. Among these are the expansive Lunar Lawn— the site of countless receptions the acclaimed philanthropist hosted—and the Greenhouse, where she grew her beloved orchids. Connecting the Four Seasons Overlook with the fragrant Rose Garden is the Friendship Walk, a secluded path Marjorie’s friends designed as a 70th-birthday gift and to honor her generous and giving nature. “Hillwood is the incredible story of its founder that serves as the connective link between the impeccable art collection, luxurious mansion, and garden oasis Marjorie Post left as her legacy,” explains Rossotti. Marjorie’s enduring spirit is clearly felt here as visitors to this awe-inspiring home experience the beauty and joie de vivre that infused every aspect of her life.

Text Karen Callaway
Photography Kate Headley 

 To learn more about Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, see “Bequeathing Beauty” on page 41 of the July/August 2014 issue of Victoria. 

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