What’s Happening This Season at Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden

Hollister House Garden is undoubtedly one of Washington’s “can’t miss” gems! The garden is an American interpretation of a classic English garden, situated in the rolling hills of Litchfield County. Hollister House Garden attracts visitors with its beautiful landscapes, exotic flowers, breathtaking vistas, and gardening workshops. Here’s a roundup of the top things to enjoy at HHG this spring:


Opening Day

Hollister House Garden will open for the season on Friday, April 21st this year. Visiting hours during April and May are Wednesdays and Fridays from 1pm-4pm, and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. A season of special events at Hollister House Garden begins with “The Gardener Master Class”, a series designed to enhance gardening knowledge and help plan your first garden. Additional upcoming events include Barn Talks on a variety of garden topics and creative art workshops! Events are open to the public, registrations are now open.

  • The Gardener Master Class – Begins April 20th
  • Pressed Flowers Notecards – April 21st
  • Demystifying Dahlias – April 22nd
  • Cyanotype Print Making – April 28th
  • The Art and Science of Soil – April 29th
  • Creating Outdoor Garden Rooms – May 6th
  • Daisy Meadows – May 13th
  • View more upcoming events


The Gardener Master Class
Lectures at Hollister House Garden
Special events at Hollister House Garden
Plein air painting @aliciamordenti

What’s in Bloom

Throughout the spring and summer months, the garden unfolds from one section to the next with seasonal blooms, exuberant plantings, exotic flowers, and perfectly manicured hedges. In early spring, visitors can expect to see daffodils, tulips, hellebores, and forget-me-nots throughout the garden. We recommend frequent visits to enjoy the ever-changing palette!

Here’s what’s in bloom by the month:

  • Late April – hellebores and daffodils
  • May – tulips and forget-me-nots
  • June – peonies and roses
  • July – daylilies and phlox
  • August – lilies and dahlias

For the latest bloom report, make sure to sign up for Hollister House Garden’s weekly e-news on their website.

May flowers at the garden
June blooms at Hollister House Garden

A Brief History

Begun in 1979 by George Schoellkopf, the garden has evolved into a unique synthesis of the formal and the natural, with walls and hedges melting seamlessly into the lush surrounding landscape which forms a magnificent backdrop for the exuberant plantings. Since opening its grounds to the public in 2006, Hollister House Garden has become a non-profit organization and a Preservation Partner of The Garden Conservancy. Read our past interview with George Schoellkopf.

Hollister House Garden @hollisterhousegarden

Learn more

To learn more about Hollister House Garden visit their website: hollisterhousegarden.org.

Hollister House Garden also offers a special membership for garden lovers and visitors. Members enjoy unlimited garden visits, discounts on lectures and workshops, and invitations to special member-only events. Learn more at: hollisterhousegarden.org/membership