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March 23, 2010

Explore CW's gardens this spring

Colonial Williamsburg’s garden programs go beyond the story of the plants and their use. Guests going down any of several historic garden paths learn about the importance of gardens in the 18th century, the restoration of the gardens in the 20th century and how the Foundation’s landscape staff oversees and maintains the gardens today.

Discover how gardens reflected status and wealth in the 18th century during the program, Gardens of Gentility. 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays through June 8 and Fridays, March 26-June 11. Included in any Historic Area admission pass.

Learn how Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens were restored and how colonial plants and gardens continue to teach horticulturists today during Through the Garden Gate. 9:15 a.m. Saturday, March 27, Mondays through June 7 (except May 31), Wednesdays through June 9. Included in any Historic Area admission pass.

Meet with landscape volunteers and ask questions about maintaining period plants in the Historic Area during Meet the Gardener. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, April 1-June 10 and Tuesdays, April 6-June 8. No admission ticket is required.

Enjoy the beauty of the 1940s gardens at Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Colonial Williamsburg benefactors John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller. The tour presents a history of the garden, the Rockefeller’s involvement in developing the garden and the garden’s restoration. The family visited Williamsburg in the spring and fall and the garden was timed to bloom when they were visiting. Guests will also learn about the creative landscape architect, who designed the gardens at Bassett Hall and hear about the events that unfolded under the” Great Oak.” 2 p.m. Wednesdays, March 31 through April 28 and Thursdays, April 1 through April 29. Included in any Historic Area or museum admission pass.

Bassett Hall and its gardens are located at 522 E. Francis St. and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17 when complimentary admission is offered to this historic home and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Learn the stories behind the plants, gardens or the care of Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned gardens from a member of the Foundation’s horticultural staff during Colonial Williamsburg’s Gardens: Part of the Story. 10:45 a.m. Mondays, March 29 through June 7 (except April 12), Wednesdays, March 31 through June 9, Fridays, March 26 through June 11 (except April 9 and 30) and Sundays, March 28 through June 13 (except April 11), DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and 10:45 a.m. April 9, 11, 13 and 30, Williamsburg Lodge.

In addition to a Colonial Williamsburg admissions ticket, museum pass or Good Neighbor Card, a separate ticket of $5 is required to attend the Colonial Williamsburg Gardens: Part of the Story lecture.

Programs and exhibitions at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at 326 W. Francis St. in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

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.

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 www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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