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Autumn Garden Tour and Alfred Eisenstaedt Photography Exhibit
Tuesday, November 05, 2019, 11:45 AM until 4:00 PM
Hillwood Estate and Gardens
About the Venue
4155 Linnean Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
Lectures, Tours, Seminars
GETTING THERE: We will leave Southwest at 11:45am for our 12:30 garden tour. Transportation to this event is complimentary for Full Members; $5 donation for Supporting and Prospective Members. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like transportation to/from Hillwood Estate. Free parking is provided if you prefer to drive. A typical Uber/Lyft fare is $20 each way for up to four persons sharing a car.
Our garden tour is 12:30-1:30pm, we will then have two hours to enjoy lunch at the full-service Merriweather Cafe or quick-service Merriweather-to-Go (with sandwiches and entree salads starting at just $8.50) express dining option, tour the mansion, visit the photography exhibit, and explore the museum shop. If the 3:30pm return to Southwest doesn't suit your schedule, we can help you arrange a taxi or Uber, or perhaps share a ride. For those who just wish to do the garden tour and shopping or a quick lunch at Merriweather-to-Go express dining, our first return to Southwest will be at 2pm.
The mansion, restaurants, exhibits, and shop are ADA compliant. Garden paths are not paved and some include steps. Our docent will make reasonable accommodations on the tour to ensure our enjoyment, but all sections of the garden tour may not be accessible for wheelchair or walker use.
Your non-member guest is welcome however our volunteer insurance policy does not allow us to provide transportation.
Hillwood Estate's acres of gardens were especially designed for fall blooming, when owner Marjorie Merriweather Post visited her magnificent Washington home. After a docent-led garden tour, you may explore the mansion, see a world-class mid-century photography exhibit, shop in one of the region's most highly-rated museum shops, and enjoy lunch before returning to Southwest.
If lunch at the full-service Merriweather Cafe is of interest, we suggest you consider making a reservation for 1:30pm or later. You may also enjoy the casual self-service Merriweather-to-Go express dining option with similar menu items starting at just $8.50.
Autumn has arrived along with Hillwood's gardeners' fall handiwork. Around nearly every corner are chrysanthemums, violas, grasses or some sort of cool season annual. The display consists of over 7,000 new plants mixed in with the bones of summer. At the putting green, ‘Key Lime’ chrysanthemums are mixed in with ‘Blue Eyed Beauty’ osteospermum, ‘Peacock Red’ kale, ‘Sorbet Purple’ violas and Sedum ‘Angelina’.
Just as Marjorie Post carefully preserved her exemplary collections and her lifestyle for future generations, Eisenstaedt captured twentieth-century life as he documented the personalities, events, and experiences for posterity. Despite the renown of his work, which includes his signature informal portraits of world leaders, politicians, philanthropists, scientists, artists, and writers, Eisenstaedt is lesser-known among modern photographers.
Marjorie Post maintained strong ties to the eighteenth-century French decorating style that she developed in the 1920s, transferring much of this look to her new home at Hillwood in the mid-1950s. This did not keep her from updating her Georgian-style mansion with the most modern conveniences that money could buy. Journey through her final home to experience the elegant French drawing room, the efficient and “high-tech” kitchen and pantry, and the many personal touches that made Hillwood one of Washington’s most memorable homes.