Williamsburg Gardens

Williamsburg is a historic Virginia town known for its quaint beauty, pristine red-bricked walkways and green space.
The John Blair Garden is just one of the beautiful Williamsburg Gardens

See history in bloom at these Williamsburg gardens

Blooming and growing things are prevalent here, especially in the summertime. Specific areas like Downtown Colonial Williamsburg and a few other sites nearby offer a look into natural preservation and cultural reference showcased by beautiful, well-kept Williamsburg gardens.

Tour the beautiful Williamsburg Gardens
Visit the gardens of Christiana Campbell’s Tavern and Restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg makes a great family destination because of the variety of things to do for people of all ages, especially in regards to activities centered around our country’s early history. While exploring museums, taking carriage rides, and braving ghost walks, you will be surrounded by green space. Garden tours are offered at various times throughout the year, but for those who decide to forego the tours or have not yet been on one, here is a bit of history behind the making and upkeep of the gardens.

See the vegetable garden at the Wythe house in Colonial Williamsburg
Vegetable garden at the Wythe House in Colonial Williamsburg

Back in the 1800s, Williamsburg was one of the most prosperous and populated towns in the colonies. Compared to larger metropolitan areas like Philadelphia and Charleston at the time, it remained small, rustic, and lush. When the first colonists arrived and began cultivating the land, they created a new style for their garden beds – a kind of fusion between North American plants and a simplistic European layout. The result was a different type of flowerbed combining flowers, boxwoods, and edible plants placed in clean, geometric shapes.

Whether you are looking to take photos, learn about native plants, or research in order to create a garden of your own, Williamsburg is a great place to come for learning and enjoyment. For more gardens, take a look at the College of William and Mary, home to the very first gardens in the area; the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens, which offers both scenic greenery and a native butterfly exhibit; and Busch Gardens, known for its famous flower-surrounded attractions and a commitment to natural preservation.

For a detailed look at Colonial Williamsburg gardens, take a look at this online brochure and map!

Photos courtesy of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

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