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Visit the Williamsburg Botanical Garden
in Freedom Park


WBG Fundraiser at Go Ape

In appreciation for our partnership with James City County Parks and Recreation, Go Ape at Freedom Park announces a Park Fundraising Weekend on December 8th and 9th! $10 of every ticket sold will go back to the park through a donation to Williamsburg Botanical Garden and EVMA. Additionally we are offering guests $10 off their ticket when they use promo code “GIVEFP” to book at www.goape.com or by calling 1.800.971.8271. With the promo code, every guest who books for Dec. 8th and 9th will receive a $10 discount PLUS $10 of their ticket goes back to the park.

girl with monarchs

Mom and child with monarchs

The Williamsburg Botanical Therapy Garden

The new Therapy Garden is almost completed with structures and the raised beds are planted with herbs, vegetables and flowers. A tent and a couple of borrowed tables worked as a shelter from the sun; a place to fill the earth boxes; tools; picked vegetables; Observations and sharing lessons learned in the garden.

Many new structures are now in place at the Garden, just inside the old entrance gate.   Community groups and children are now using the butterfly-shaped raised bed, the benches, pergola, and wheelchair-accessible planting stand.  Photos are posted on the Facebook website.

The first Therapeutic Gardening program got underway with the James City County Master Gardeners and Capernaum. Ben Conner, leader of Capernaum, works with local exceptional Middle and High School students who have disabilities. Pictured above are David, Lauren, and Joanne Sheffield, JCC-W Master Gardener volunteer for the Therapeutic Gardening program. The activities included planting vegetables, herbs, sunflowers, gourds, and flowers in the raised beds and Earth Box containers. The students also weeded and fertilized with natural ingredients and watered everything before Mother Nature took over that duty. Prior to planting the veggies and companion plants, a "herb of the week" was introduced by a James City County-Williamsburg Master Gardener with an accompanying snack made with that herb. A lot of lessons were learned in the gardening sessions by our successes or lack thereof! Several varieties of tomatoes, carrots, radishes and beets, sweet potatoes, eggplants, and squash were planted over several weeks so students could observe their growth. A three sisters garden was prepared by Clare Britcher — the corn and squash are growing beautifully but the beans didn't germinate, so scarlet runner beans have replaced them. We planted lots of tomato plants but half were devoured by the tomato hornworm. Sunflowers were planted to make some shade for the vegetables, herbs and flowers and one sunflower has grown to 12 feet!!

A lot of lessons were learned in the gardening sessions by our successes or lack thereof!  Several varieties of tomatoes, carrots, radishes and beets, sweet potatoes, eggplants, and squash were planted over several weeks so students could observe their growth.  A three sisters garden was prepared by Clare Britcher and the corn and squash are growing beautifully but the beans didn't germinate so scarlet runner beans have replaced them. We planted lots of tomatoes plants but half were devoured by the tomato hornworm.  Sunflowers were planted to make some shade for the vegetables, herbs and flowers and one sunflower has grown to 12 feet!!

There are containers with water lilies, Mint, Lizards' Tail, Irises, Pickerel, and Colocasia which were donated by Linda Eagen, Jordan Westenhaver, and Al Davidoff. I consulted with Donna Ware regarding native vining plants for the pergola and on her recommendations, Carolyn Will donated a Climbing Hydrangea and native Wisteria and they are now happily entwining themselves.

Ralph Will planted and made the paths surrounding this area which leads from the wetlands to the Therapy Garden. The planted gourds are growing to teach students how to make bird houses and decorative pieces which will be offered for sale in 2012.

 

Angela Cingale, August, 2011

Therapy Garden Photos on WBG Facebook site

Vines and Wines 2011-- Photo Gallery

Art in the Garden event 21 May 2011 -- Photo Gallery

WBG Mission Statement

To enhance the life of residents and visitors by promoting beautiful gardens for the enjoyment of plants and the environment through year-round educational and recreational programs.


P.O. Box 1577, Williamsburg, Virginia 23187    e-mail: Williamsburg Botanical Garden