This garden is sheltered in a nook on the east side of Phi Beta Kappa Hall. It was dedicated in 1990 in memory of Mildred Johannsen Phillips through the generosity of Jesse Choate Phillips '24. A student created the original design of the garden, which has changed over the years.
The garden is dominated by a large Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia x 'Natchez') planted in the southeast corner. Also in the garden are examples of Mugho Pine (Pinus mugho), Weeping Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani pendula), and Blue Rug Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis mintoni). A Dwarf Hinoki Cypress (Chamaecyperis obtusa gracilis) graces the east entrance.
Adjacent to the Phillips garden is a grove of Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica). Professor Baldwin was quite taken with Cryptomeria, introducing the first specimen in 1947 and then planting them widely on the College's campus and throughout Williamsburg. He once said, "I like to think of Williamsburg as the Cryptomeria capital of America."
Also in this area, note the Dogwood trees, including a Japanese Dogwood (Cornus kousa); variegated Box Elder (Acer negundo 'Variegatum'); and China Fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata).
Along the eastern wall of Phi Betta Kappa Hall stands a pair of trees, one a Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) and one a Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) which is the progeny of the trees near the Sunken Garden. These trees belong to related genera, and are very similar in appearance.