In the garden
A variety of garden programs will be offered daily through November at the new Colonial Nursery at Colonial Williamsburg. The focus of the nursery is the untold story of Williamsburg's professional gardeners. At the nursery, gardeners in 18th-century costumes seed, weed, transplant, pot, bud and graft using period tools, techniques and skills. The garden offers a range of hands-on activities for visitors. Call (800) HISTORY. In addition, "Williamsburg's Glorious Gardens," a book featuring full-color photographs by garden photographer Roger Foley, is now available at Williamsburg retail outlets or can be ordered through the mail by sending a check for $25.95, postage paid. VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover also are accepted. Send orders to Colonial Williamsburg, Dept. 023, Box 3532, Williamsburg, Va. 23187. (800) 446-9240.
For the birds
The International Migratory Bird Celebration will be held May 10-12 at Chincoteague Refuge. May 11-12, the lighthouse will be open for tours, live birds of prey will be on display and bird walks and bicycle tours will be offered. Children can learn how to build a bird house or a bird feeder. The Chincoteague Refuge is at 8231 Beach Road on Assateague Island. Call (804) 336-6161.
Virginia's Eastern Shore Tourism Commission has released its 1996 travel guide, which includes information about accommodations, shopping, restaurants and camping. The guide is available free by writing to the commission, Dept. TG96, P.O. Drawer R, Melfa, Va. 23410, or by calling (804) 787-2460.
The Ninth Annual McHenry Highland Festival will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on Route 219 in McHenry from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1. The festival, sponsored by the Deep Creek Lake-Garrett County Promotion Council and in part by Bell Atlantic of Maryland, will feature solo piping competitions, seven Scottish amateur athletic games and bagpipe band concerts, among other events. For a free festival brochure, contact the McHenry Highland Festival, 200 S. Third St., Oakland, Md. 21550, (301) 334-1948.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum announces an affiliation with ProTix as its exclusive agent for advance timed pass requests. Timed passes are required to visit the Holocaust Memorial Museum's permanent exhibition and are distributed at the museum each day starting at 10 a.m. For visitors seeking timed passes for a specific day and time, ProTix has a toll-free number, (800) 400-9373, as well as two local numbers, (410) 481-6500 for Baltimore residents and (703) 218-6500 for Washington residents.
Walking in Frederick
The Tourism Council of Frederick County is promoting 90-minute walking tours of historic Frederick City. The tours highlight buildings and churches in a wide range of 18th- and 19th-century architectural styles. Tours depart from the Frederick Visitor Center on Saturdays, Sundays and most Monday holidays, April through December, at 1: 30 p.m. Cost is $4.50 for adults and $3.50 for senior citizens; no charge for children 12 and under. For details, call the Tourism Council at 19 E. Church St., Frederick, Md. 21701. (301) 663-8687 or (800) 999-3613.
A tour of houses in Dulaney Valley and Long Green Valley, part of the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1. The excursion will start at the Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, and will include tours of Long Quarter Farm, Boordy Vineyards and Prospect Hill.
Also, a tour of houses in Prince George's County, in time to celebrate the county's tricentennial, will be held May 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 821-6933.