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June 26, 2009

CW's summer garden tours explore the beauty of colonial gardens

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area is blossoming with engaging garden programs. Specialized tours are led by Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area landscape volunteers who help guests explore the beauty of the colonial gardens.

This summer guests have the opportunity to discover the ornate gardens of gentility, learn about the process of re-creating colonial gardens through archaeological evidence and ask questions of the Historic Area gardeners.

Gardens of Gentility is an hour-long walking tour comparing and contrasting the presentation of gentility and status in three different gardens located in the Palace Green area. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays June 16-Aug. 25 and Fridays June 19-Aug. 28 (except July 3).

Learn about documentation used in re-creating Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens on the walking tour, Through the Garden Gate. This hour-long tour starts at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Aug. 29 (except July 4).

A Colonial Williamsburg Freedom, Liberty pass or Hotel Guest pass from one of Colonial Williamsburg six official hotels is required. Official hotels include the Williamsburg Inn, Colonial Houses – Historic Lodging, the Williamsburg Lodge, Williamsburg Woodlands Hotel & Suites and Governor’s Inn. Reservations are required. Space is limited.

Meet with landscape volunteers on the Meet the Gardener tour. Guests may ask questions and learn about period plants and their care in a Historic Area garden. The program is at 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays through Aug. 27. No ticket or reservation is needed for the Meet the Gardener program.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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