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Seasonal Garden Programs

tulips Williamsburg is known to have been a hub of gardening enthusiasm and knowledge in the 18th century. A number of professional and amateur gardeners lived in the colonial capital, actively sharing horticultural information as they molded the landscape around them. Today we continue to mold the landscape and share information as we gain more knowledge about colonial gardens.

To learn more about this aspect of Williamsburg, take a garden tour from those listed below or visit our Colonial Garden and Nursery or Meet the Gardener as noted below.


The Colonial Garden and Nursery is an interpretive and sales site across from Bruton Parish Church in The Revolutionary City. Using 18th-century gardening techniques and reproduction tools, our garden historians operate a colonial nursery that, like its colonial historical counterpart, sells authentic plants and seeds, and other garden related items. The Colonial Nursery is open the last week in March through the Christmas Season. Go to the Colonial Nursery.

Through the Garden Gate - Learn about archaeological and historical documentation used in re-creating Colonial Williamsburg gardens. This one-hour walking tour is available to Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket holders from April through September.

The Gardens of Gentility Walk - Explore how gardens reflected 18th-century lifestyles and ideals. This one-hour walking tour is available to Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket holders from April through September.

Meet the Gardener - Meet with landscape volunteers to ask questions and learn about period plants and their care in The Revolutionary City gardens. Available April through October.

Tall Treasures - See the diversity of trees that grow in the Revolutionary City. Guides identify street trees of interest and discuss the tree's characteristics and coloial uses. Available to Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket holders in the fall.



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