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September 20, 2002

Williamsburg Garden Club gives $3,000 for Palace Maze

The Williamsburg Garden Club recently gave $3,000 for new shrubs to be planted in the Maze at the Governor’s Palace. Since its re-opening last year, the Maze has attracted lots of visitors. Many of them have run exuberantly through rather than around the labyrinth-type path, necessitating some repair work on the newly refurbished plantings.

“We are enormously grateful to our friends at the Williamsburg Garden Club for helping us spruce up this obviously popular area,” said Gordon Chappell, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of landscape.

Founded in 1929 by the wives of professors at the College of William and Mary and by the women of Bruton Parish who were interested in beautification and civic improvements in Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Garden Club organizes and sponsors a number of local and state projects including: Historic Garden Day in Williamsburg, which is part of the Garden Club of Virginia’s annual Historic Garden Week; Mattie’s Garden, a large children’s garden next to the Matthew Whaley School created as a learning science lab for the students; and—-for the next two years—-the statewide Garden Club of Virginia Rose Show, which will be held in Williamsburg.

“This gift is a small thank you for all that Colonial Williamsburg has done in the past for Historic Garden Week in Virginia,” said Millie West, former president of the club.

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