The Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum is a Level 1 certified arboretum comprised of 18th-century tree and woody shrub varieties. The collection features 25 period species of oak trees and more than 30 historic gardens. The Arboretum is home to 14 Virginia state champion trees and one national champion tree—the jujube (Ziziphus jujube).
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The Compton oak is a natural hybrid between the live oak (Quercus virginiana) and overcup oak (Quercus lyrata). The specimen on the Court House Green is a state champion big tree, measuring over 70 feet tall and 97 feet wide, with a trunk circumference of 14 feet.
The long arbors on both sides of the Governor’s Palace north garden are made of the American beech. A long-lived native tree, the American beech provides shelter and food for many mammals and birds. Passenger pigeons, before their extinction, were among those species that ate the brown 3-angled nut.
The paper mulberry, native to the Far East, was introduced into North America in the 1780’s. Thomas Jefferson noted “They are charming near a porch for densely shading it.” Native to the Orient, the inner bark was harvested in Japan to make paper lanterns and umbrellas.
Come stroll through the Rockefellers' garden at Bassett Hall! An interpreter shares stories about the family's visits in the 1930s and '40s, the flora and fauna they loved, the landscape architect who designed the gardens, and the events that unfolded under the Great Oak.
Take a guided walking tour focusing on the trees that line Williamsburg streets. Learn the identification of several species and their colonial uses. Exclusively for ticketed guests, annual pass holders and hotel guests.
Venture through private garden gates to explore restored 18th-century gardens. Learn the archaeological and historical evidence used to re-create these lush retreats. Exclusively for annual pass holders.
Discover how gardens functioned as status symbols in 18th century Williamsburg. This escorted walking tour takes you through several private gardens along Palace Green. Exclusively for annual pass holders and Colonial Williamsburg hotel guests.
The 2019 Garden Symposium will focus on ways to enhance our gardens by mixing the old with the new. Since garden design constantly evolves, we thought it would be helpful to take stock in the latest trends within the context of the unforgotten, and the tried and true. Outside garden experts and Colonial Williamsburg’s horticultural staff will share their knowledge and perspectives on a variety of topics, whether it be growing food, providing wildlife cover, smart plant choices, or clever utilization of small spaces.