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June 3, 2011

Garden Tours Feature Evolution of Gardens, Past to Present

Nestled amid the historic houses, taverns and trade shops of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area are the 18th-century-style gardens of the restored town. Programs and tours feature the history of the gardens from the colonial era to the present.

“Through the Garden Gate” focuses on the historic documents and archaeological evidence used in creating the Historic Area gardens. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, June 13-27 and July 11-Aug. 29, Wednesdays, June 15-Aug. 31 and Saturdays, June 18-25 and July 9-Aug, 27. A free reservation is required along with a Colonial Williamsburg annual pass, Hotel Guest pass or Good Neighbor pass.

Guests discover how gardens reflected status and wealth in the 18th century during “Gardens of Gentility.” This escorted walking tour visits the gardens of the Governor’s Palace and other gardens along Palace Green. The program takes place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 14-June 28 and July 12-Aug. 30 and Fridays, June 17-Sept. 2. A free reservation is required along with a Colonial Williamsburg annual pass, Hotel Guest pass or Good Neighbor pass.

A new tour, “Herbs in the Garden,” discusses tips on growing herbs and how they were used by the colonists. The tour is offered at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, June 13-27 and July 11-Aug. 29 and Tuesdays, June 14-Aug. 30. A free reservation is required along with a Colonial Williamsburg annual pass, Hotel Guest pass or Good Neighbor pass.

During “Meet the Gardener,” garden volunteers answer questions about growing flowers and vegetables in the Historic Area. The one-hour tour is offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, June 16-Sept. 1. A Historic Area admission pass is required to take the tour.

For more information or to make reservations for these garden tours, contact 1-800-HISTORY.

Gifts from several donors ensure that Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens continue to grow for future generations. Donors include: Ann Lee Saunders Brown and the late Charles Brown for the Governor’s Palace Ballroom, North and Boxwood Gardens; Mr. and Mrs. John L. Asher for the David Morton Garden; Sylvia J. Boecker and Michael J. Jackson for the Alexander Craig Garden; John Cazier in memory of his wife, Carol Jones Cazier, for the Orlando Jones Garden; Charles Gibson in memory of his wife, Carole Sue Gibson, for the John Blair Garden; Ron and the late Joanne Luich and Family for the Custis Tenement Garden; the Rethore Family for the Palmer House Garden; and the Anne P. Ernest Garden Endowment Fund for the long-term care of Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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