The Formal Garden

The Formal Garden
Garden Plan
This plan was created by Donald Parker of Colonial Williamsburg in the 1970s.

The formal garden is situated behind Joel Lane’s home. It is not believed that Joel Lane possessed such a garden with its clipped hedges and brick parterres. Most likely, his back yard was a typical farm’s swept ground with chickens and other farm animals on the place. He certainly would have grown fruit trees like the pomegranates, grapes, figs, apples, and pear trees grown here.

Today the garden makes a beautiful backdrop for special events with a generous shaded area created by the four golden rain trees.