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May 15, 2009

CW summer garden tours explore the beauty of colonial gardens

The season is blossoming with engaging garden programs throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. 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. Fridays, June 19-26, Saturdays, July 11-Aug. 29, and Tuesdays through Aug. 25.

Learn about archaeological and historical 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.

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. 31.

A Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket or Good Neighbor Card provides access to enjoy these guided programs. Reservations are required. Space is limited.

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. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture – stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. 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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