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September 6, 2011

New Garden Tour Explores Colonial Williamsburg’s Tall Treasures

Colonial Williamsburg’s new walking tour, “Tall Treasures,” focuses on the diversity of trees that grow in the Historic Area. Guides will identify trees of interest and discuss the tree’s characteristics and colonial uses. The tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at Chowning’s Tavern and is offered on Mondays and Fridays, Sept. 12-Nov. 7. A free reservation is required along with a Colonial Williamsburg annual pass, Hotel Guest pass or Good Neighbor pass.

Additional fall tours include “Gardens of Gentility.” Guests discover how gardens reflected status and wealth in the 18th century. 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. on Tuesdays through Sept. 27. A free reservation is required along with a Colonial Williamsburg annual pass, hotel guest pass or Good Neighbor pass.

“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 Wednesdays, Sept. 7-28 and on Saturdays, Sept. 10-24. 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, Sept. 8-Oct. 27. A Historic Area admission pass is required to take the tour.

During the “Garden Tour at Bassett Hall,” an interpreter leads guests on a walk in the gardens, sharing stories about the family’s visit to Williamsburg in the fall in the 1930s and ‘40s at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28-29, Oct. 5-6, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 19-20, and Oct. 26-27. The program includes information about the creative landscape architect who designed the gardens and about the events that unfolded under the “Great Oak.” A Historic Area admission pass or museum pass is required to take the tour.

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg hosts “The Gardens in Fall” at 10:30 a.m. at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. A member of the landscape staff discusses some of the many tasks or interesting plants that make the Historic Area gardens look their best in the fall. The program is presented at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays Sept. 12-Oct. 31, excluding Oct. 17. A separate $5 ticket for adults and youth ages six-17 and a Colonial Williamsburg annual pass, hotel guest pass or Good Neighbor pass are required to attend.

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

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; Donald de Laski in memory of Nancy L. de Laski for the Thomas Everard 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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