The Garden's Origins
Dedicated in 1986 to the memory of Gregory S. Adams, a member of the W&M Class of 1981, the Adams Garden has become a popular spot for both locals and international travelers who plan regular visits throughout the year to enjoy what is in flower. 20,000 annual visitors tour the Adams Garden, photograph its plants and flowers, and sit and gather their thoughts on the garden's benches.
Originally a small bulb and azalea garden, many improvements have been made to it over the years. The plant collection now contains both weedy and herbaceous material. One interesting aspect of the garden is the presence of both tropical and semi-tropical plants plants that are not ordinarily found in local gardens. Typically, the garden has nine varieties of plants in these categories. It also hosts an estimated 5,000 bulbs of various kinds.
This map of Williamsburg shows where the Adams Garden is located.
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Limited funding is provided by the College and through the support of visitors and friends of the College. In 2003 the Greater Williamsburg Community Trust gave a $1,000.00 grant to the Endowment Association of the College to be applied toward the Adams Garden greenhouse heating expenses. But we are now looking to endow the Adams Garden so that it can continue in perpetuity. Everyone knows that we won't find another Madelynn Watkinson to care for it on her own.
An endowment will ensure that the garden will continue to provide students, staff and friends of the College a haven of beauty within the College and surrounding community. The needed budget will (1) pay knowledgeable staff to work in the garden at least three days a week year-round; (2) cover greenhouse heating expenses; (3) pay for needed fertilizers and the occasional replacement plants; (4) replenish the oyster shells for the garden's walkways; and (5) maintain the garden's perimeter fence and benches.
The goal is for the Adams Garden to remain a mature, cultivated, all-season perennial garden that is kept in as natural a state as possible. And the College's current facilities management director, John D. McFarlane, knows exactly what is needed to keep it that way.
Contact John for additional information: telephone +1 (757) 221-2256, Fax +1 (757) 221-2254, e-mail: email@example.com
Tax-deductible donations may be designated for the Adams Garden expendable account. Such donations, with a short letter of intent and your check made out to "The College of William and Mary," should be mailed to W&M's gift accounting office that will then send you a tax receipt. You can also consider making a specific bequest to the Adams Garden in your Last Will and Testament.
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