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July 9, 2012

Celebrate the Splendor of Colonial Williamsburg’s Remarkable Gardens and Landscapes

This summer, Colonial Williamsburg offers garden tours that show how 18th-century gardens grew.

Programs include:

  • “Meet the Gardener” introduces guests to garden volunteers who can answer questions about growing flowers and vegetables in the Historic Area. “Meet the Gardener” is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 30 at the Prentis Store. Entry is included in Revolutionary City admission tickets.
  • “Gardens of Gentility” allows guests to discover how gardens reflected status and wealth in the 18th century. The program offers a guided walking tour which will visit the Governor’s Palace and other gardens along the Palace Green. This program will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Fridays through Aug. 31. Entry is available to Annual and Good Neighbor Pass members as well as Hotel Guest ticket holders.
  • “Through the Garden Gate” offers guests a tour which focuses on the historic documents and archaeological evidence used in creating the Historic Area gardens. The tour will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 25. Admission is available to Annual and Good Neighbor Pass members as well as Hotel Guest ticket holders.

    For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center, Greenhow Lumber House Ticket Office or Merchants Square Ticket Office.

    Gifts from 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.

    For more information on Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens, visit

    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 through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. 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

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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