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September 14, 2010

“Garden Tour at Bassett Hall” Joins Familiar Favorites

What makes Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens grow? Guided garden tours this fall give guests a glimpse of its beautiful gardens in the Historic Area and at Bassett Hall.

Meet the Gardener gives guests the opportunity to meet with landscape volunteers to ask questions and learn about period plants and their care in a Historic Area garden. This tour begins at the Prentis Store at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 28. No admission ticket is required for this event.

Enjoy a walk in the Rockefeller gardens during a tour at Bassett Hall. Throughout this tour, an interpreter shares stories about the Rockefeller family’s visits to Williamsburg in the spring and fall in the 1930s and ‘40s and about the flowers and plants they loved to see. Guests have the opportunity to learn about the creative landscape architect that designed the gardens at Bassett Hall and about the events that unfolded under the “Great Oak.” This tour takes place at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 6 through 28 at Bassett Hall. Admission to this tour is included in all Historic Area admission passes.

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. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

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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