Colonial Williamsburg: Garden tours show the function and beauty of 18th-century plantings

Colonial Williamsburg garden tours illustrate the beauty and functionality of 18th- and 20th-century gardens in the Historic Area.

  •  “Through the Garden Gate” gives guests the opportunity to venture through the gates to learn about the restored gardens, focusing on the historic documents and archaeological evidence used  to create the Historic Area gardens. This walking tour begins at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, March 26-May 21 and June 4-11 and at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays, March 31-May-19 and June 2-16. The starting location of the garden tour is listed on the ticket. Tickets are available to Annual Pass and Good Neighbor members as well as Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Guest ticket holders.
  • Guests discover how gardens reflected status and wealth in the 18th century through the program, “Gardens of Gentility.” This walking tour visits the Governor’s Palace and other gardens along Colonial Williamsburg’s Palace Green. The one-hour program takes place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, March 27-June 12 and Fridays, March 30-June 15 at the Governor’s Palace. Tickets are available to Annual Pass and Good Neighbor members as well as Colonial Williamsburg Hotel Guest ticket holders.
  • “Meet the Gardener” offers guests an opportunity to meet Historic Area garden volunteers who can answer questions about growing flowers and vegetables in the Historic Area. This discussion will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, March 29-June 14 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Prentis Store. The tour is included in Historic Area or museum admission.
  • Guests may join an interpreter at Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby, for a walk through the gardens. Interpreters share stories about the family’s visits to Williamsburg in the spring and fall of the 1930s and ‘40s, and about the flowers and plants they loved to see here. Guests also learn about the creative landscape architect that designed the gardens at Bassett Hall and about the events that unfolded here under the “Great Oak.” This program takes place at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays in April at Bassett Hall. A free reservation is required in addition to a Historic Area or Museum admission pass. Reservations are not available at Bassett Hall but can be made by calling 1-800-HISTORY or the Museum Store at (757) 220-7693.

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.

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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