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The Ancient Gardener's Instructor: Dispatches from Wesley Greene

July 13, 2015

We’re Excited to Announce a ‘Big Move’ for All Colonial Williamsburg Blogs!

“It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
– Thomas Jefferson, 1787

With so many intriguing research projects, new family programs and behind-the-scenes stories taking place across Colonial Williamsburg every day – we’ve decided to make an exciting change! That’s right. We’re combining talent and resources across the Foundation to … Continue Reading »

June 23, 2015

From the Garden: On Roan Mountain

Last week I had the great pleasure of accompanying a group of enthusiasts who study the genus Rhododendron.

View from Round Bald

On one of our treks we explored the balds of Roan Mountain that rise above 5,000 feet on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina and support a great population of Flame Azaleas … Continue Reading »

June 9, 2015

From the Garden: Peas Be With You

Prince Albert peas

The peas, which were somewhat slow in their initial growth due the unusually cool spring, are now ripening almost faster than we can pick them.

Gardeners have long recognized the importance of an expeditious harvest and this was commented upon by Samuel Fullmer in his worthy tome, The Young Gardener’s Best Companion … Continue Reading »

June 2, 2015

From the Garden: Spanish Potatoes

Lifting the tubers

The sweet potatoes slips have now been planted.  We obtained the slips from mature tubers buried in the hotbed frame in mid-April.  The tubers were kept well watered and once the foliage appeared and the weather was decidedly warmer the potatoes were lifted from the frame and the slips carefully detached from … Continue Reading »

May 26, 2015

From the Garden: Pretty Potions

The herbaceous border is now an exuberance of color and while most of the plants are admired solely for their appearance there are some that are beautiful and useful as well, an attribute that is much sought after by young men of a certain age who aspire to find these same qualities in a prospective mate. … Continue Reading »

May 12, 2015

From the Garden: Happy Accidents

Golden Alexander & Siberian Iris

Our gardens are now an exuberance of color. It seems that every day another garden specimen opens its flowers to join the cacophony that is spring time in Williamsburg. While I have collected a great number of flowering herbaceous plants in my garden over the years I must admit … Continue Reading »