Every season in the Williamsburg area has its particular charms, but for splendid color and fragrance, the month-long period of midApril through mid-May is unsurpassed. The many gardens and natural landscapes that are popular year-round come alive with stimulating sights and scents as bulbs, plants, shrubs and trees blossom. The new www.GardensinWilliamsburg.com is a portal for information, suggested itineraries and walking tours, as well as links to all places and things blooming in the Historic Triangle. The following are just a few highlights. Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area offers more than 90 acres of green spaces and gardens. An admission ticket is required for many of the gardens, and guided tours dedicated to gardens are available, so it’s well worth stopping by the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center to check the tour schedule. Certainly a highlight of any visit is the Governor’s Palace.
Adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg at the west end of Duke of Gloucester Street is the Sir Christopher Wren Building at the College of William and Mary, the oldest college building in America and the heart of the colonial campus. The Wren Building opens in back onto the William & Mary Sunken Gardens. Its design follows the spirit of 18th-century English landscape gardens, which abandoned the geometric parterres of Europe in favor of sweeping lawns intended to uplift the spirit by leading the eye toward a distant, natural setting.
Just a few minutes’ drive from the Historic Area can bring you to a different continent. Busch Gardens Williamsburg combines Old World charm with 21st-century entertainment and meticulous landscaping that have earned the designation of “World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park” for 20 consecutive years. The park features more than 150 acres of lush gardens, walk ways and flowerbeds. More than 30,000 plants and flowers are grown in the park’s 18,000 square feet of greenhouses and cold frame growing space.