The William Paca Garden is a two-acre oasis of natural beauty and artful elegance in the heart of historic Annapolis. Many colonial Annapolitans had gardens, but only Paca's has been restored to its original splendor and opened to the public.
The pleasure garden was laid out by Paca while he built his house during the 1760s. Over the years it declined and, finally, disappeared. During the 1960s and 1970s, extensive excavations and other research revealed the original garden's features and led to their re-creation.
Multi-tier terraces define the garden. The upper terrace provides a space for entertaining and viewing the garden terrain. On the middle terrace, precise geometric parterres show off three seasons of colorful blooms, heirloom roses, and period-styled topiary. The lower terraces feature a fish-shaped pond whose bridge leads to a two-story summer house, plus serpentine paths through lush lawns and beds of native plants.
The garden is filled with plants of the 18th century known from books and letters. It flourishes under the care of our director of horticulture, head gardener, and a host of volunteers.
Cultivate Your Sense of the Past Take a self-guided tour of the garden as part of your admission to the William Paca House.
Host your special event in the garden.
Volunteer to assist the Garden's horticulturists, perform research, or help coordinate Garden events.
Mark your calendar for the William Paca Garden Plant Sale.