Colonial Williamsburg
  –   Every Day!
The Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg is within a mile of the convention hotel, the FortWilliamsburg-6396-400

Magruder Hotel and Conference Center. We encourage people to visit the historic city on their own since multi-day tickets are a bargain in comparison to one day rates and it is difficult to appreciate what is there in only one day. If there is enough interest, we will offer a bus trip to the site that includes a box lunch. Once inside Colonial Williamsburg itself, the foundation does provide free shuttle service to the various attractions. There are many dining options in or nearby Colonial Williamsburg including historic taverns where people can grab something to eat.


Richmond, VA   –   Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond will be a featured attraction on this trip. It Ginter-8443-2-400is ranked as one of the top public gardens in North America and has many wonderful floral displays that change with the seasons. We will also visit two private gardens north of Richmond on this tour. The Cosby garden has an extensive and well labeled collection of evergreen azaleas in a rural setting under tall trees. The other site is the exquisite Japanese garden of Mrs. Junko Liesfeld which includes wonderful artistry and traditional use of azaleas and other plant materials to enhance the water features and impressive stone work she designed.

Norfolk, VA  –   Friday, April 22, 2016
The Norfolk Botanical Garden will be the primary focus for this tour. It has one of the NBG-2420-400largest displays of mature evergreen azaleas and camellias in the region, including the recently dedicated McDonald Azalea Garden which showcases the azalea hybrids developed by Dr. Sandra McDonald. We will also visit the private garden of Linda and Bill Pinkham who have a lovely waterfront landscape near Suffolk, VA. It features many large and interesting stones the Pinkhams have collected over the years which are complemented by rare perennials, conifers, and other companion plants.

Gloucester, VA   –   Saturday, April 23, 2016
Historic Gloucester has a number of attractions including the display garden of famous daffodil and bulb specialist Brent Heath,of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. In addition, we will BB-2092-400tour two smaller private gardens belonging to avid rhododendron and azalea hobbyists, that of native azalea enthusiasts Jim and Pam Brant, as well as the garden of former ARS Executive Director Barbara Hall and her husband Al. We will also see two historic waterfront gardens near Ware Point, the garden of landscape designer Sue Perrin which is more traditional and the garden of Cam Williams which is delightfully whimsical.

Guided Tours of local history – Wednesday, April 20

We have arranged with a very experienced local travel company to provide guided tours of local attractions on Wednesday and Sunday. Following are descriptions of the Wednesday tours.

Colonial Williamsburg –Where History Comes to Life
1:00-4:00 pm (repeated on Sunday for those who could not join us on Wednesday)

Jamestown Settlement & Historic Jamestowne
1:00-6:15 pm

Plantation Hospitality–Shirley and Berkeley Plantations
1:00-6:15 pm (repeated on Sunday for those who could not join us on Wednesday)