Garden enthusiasts flock to Williamsburg each spring as the dogwoods and tulips bloom and this quaint little town turns into something that resembles the cover of an issue of Southern Living Magazine.
Officially the annual Historic Garden Week takes place April 18 – 25 when some of Williamsburg’s most beautiful homes open up their doors (and their back doors) to lush gardens in full bloom. From homes near the Historic Area, to those along the banks of the James River in Kingsmill, this annual exhibition is well worth a visit.
Within Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area gardens never disappoint! There is something blooming here year round with the first signs of spring, daffodils and Bradford pears, showing up in early March. Venture to the elaborate gardens behind the Governor’s Palace and get lost in an authentic boxwood maze.
One of the sweetest smells for floral lovers is jasmine! Breathe deeply as you visit the Williamsburg Inn, the spa, or the new Colonial Williamsburg Taste Studio. When in bloom, the jasmine vines filling the air with their unmistakable aroma!
While less historic in nature, its no accident that Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been voted America’s Most Beautiful Theme Park for more than 20 consecutive years! A team of horticultural experts works year round to ensure lush blooming flowers and over the top landscapes throughout the park.
From the waterfall near the park entrance often flocked throughout the summer with petunias to overflowing baskets several feet wide hanging virtually at every turn, visitors agree Busch Gardens is a theme park that sets itself apart from the competition.
To learn more about Williamsburg’s gardens be sure to take one of Colonial Williamsburg’s walking garden tours or a behind the scenes tour of Busch Gardens greenhouses and gardens.