Spring blooms at Williamsburg Botanical Garden

If you haven’t already discovered the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, now is a great time to pay a visit.

The garden is located within Freedom Park at the intersection of Longhill and Centerville roads. In April, for the first time, the garden will be a part of the Williamsburg leg of the Garden Club of Virginia’s Historic Garden Week.

“We are really, really excited about that,” said Judith Alberts, Botanical Garden board member.

Williamsburg Botanical Garden is home to flowers and plants that are primarily found in Virginia landscapes.

“To me, the best part of the garden is its focus on native plants, which has been very educational for me,” Alberts said.

In preparation for the Historic Garden Week tour, slated this year for April 30, renovations have been made to the garden’s paths and walkways, allowing easier access for all.

And spring is the perfect time to check out the flowers as they start to bloom throughout the garden, particularly the daffodils.

“The butterfly meadow is a fabulous place to be in the spring and the summer,” Alberts added.

Volunteers from various garden organizations including Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists help maintain the garden, which is free and open daily to the public. Visitors can stroll the garden at their leisure on their own or request a group garden tour.

In addition, Williamsburg Botanical Garden hosts monthly Learn and Grown lectures for adults. On March 16, Peggy Krapf with Heart’s Ease Landscape & Garden Design will demonstrate how to design a pollinator-friendly garden using plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies. On April 27, Melinda Cousins with Backyard Birder will share tips to enjoy a healthy bird population in the yard year-round; on May 18, Donna M.E. Ware, one of the founding members of the Williamsburg Botanical Garden as well as the John Clayton Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, will talk about some benefits of weeds. On June 15, Karen During with Virginia Institute of Marine Science will discuss how gardens are connected to water resources and how gardening practices affect the health of the Chesapeake Bay waterways. These programs are also free, although registration is required.

Other featured events at the garden this season include the “Plants with a Purpose” Spring Plant Sale, set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11 as well as the Fifth Annual Butterfly Festival, which will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4.

“The Butterfly Festival is always a marvelous time,” Alberts said.

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