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in Gardens, What's New

December 11, 2013

From the Garden: Two forms of parsley

Flat leaf or Italian parsley

Parsley under bell glass

With the cooler weather it is now necessary to cover the parsley at night to preserve the foliage. Parsley is a biennial plant so it is adapted to over-wintering in most parts of the country but in severe weather the leaves fall down and are not … Continue Reading »

in Visit & Events

June 10, 2011

Tour our gardens

Nestled amid the historic houses, taverns and trade shops of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area are the 18th-century-style gardens of the restored town. Programs and tours feature the history of the gardens from the colonial era to the present.

“Through the Garden Gate” focuses on the historic documents and archaeological evidence used in creating the Historic … Continue Reading »

in Gardens, Multimedia, Visit & Events, What's New

April 1, 2010

What’s blooming: April

In a word: tulips!

Colonial Williamsburg’s large, formal gardens are justifiably famous for their tulip displays. The grandest may be the one found in the Governor’s Palace Garden, which is a series of garden chambers, reflecting the taste for small intimate green chambers made from boxwood, yew, and holly. Each chamber, or garden room, is distinctly planted.

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in Gardens, What's New

March 2, 2010

What’s blooming: March

In March, the earliest spring blooming bulbs begin their color burst. Expect to see crocus, hyacinth, and narcissus begin to bloom, depending on the warming of the month. Spring starflower (Ipheon uniflorus) and Star of Bethlehem, with their white flowers striped with green, (Ornithagalum umbellatum and O. nutans) are very familiar to our return visitors.

This part of the South is lucky to have winter months mild enough to allow some annuals, such as English daisy (Bellis perennis) and pansy varieties (Viola sp.) to survive, and in many cases, bloom throughout the winter. These annuals are over-planted above tulips so that the spring effect is one of a multi-layered composition with complementary tulips blooming above a groundcover effect of hardy annuals.

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in Gardens

November 9, 2009

Root crops

Gardeners are harvesting the last of the sweet potatoes from several kitchen gardens in the Historic Area. According to Colonial Willliamsburg garden historian Wesley Greene, the use of the sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) in Virginia predates the use of the white potato by about one hundred years.

English author Philip Miller wrote in his … Continue Reading »

in Gardens

October 13, 2009

Saving Heirloom Seeds

Colonial Williamsburg’s landscape department sustains the rich genetic heritage of plants by saving seed varieties. Ongoing research enables the department to locate plant varieties appropriate to the 18th-century. Once the seed is procured, it is carefully planted and tended with the intent of eventually harvesting and saving more seed for future generations to use.

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