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September 19, 2008

Illustrated lecture and book signing at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden features soon-to-be-released book "Flowers and Herbs of Early Amerca"

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith will present an illustrated lecture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, Va. Griffith’s new book is “Flowers and Herbs of Early America.” The program will include a lecture and book signing Wednesday, Oct. 8 from noon-1:30 p.m.

A leading historic plant expert, Griffith’s book and lecture draw on years of archival research and field trials in Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens. He will discuss the great variety of flowers and herbs grown in America’s colonial and early Federal gardens.

Illustrated with elegant period engravings and striking contemporary photographs by Barbara Temple Lombardi, the book and the lecture will be a dazzling visual treat for armchair gardeners and admirers of Colonial Williamsburg’s famous gardens. Lombardi will be present at the book signing.

“Not only is this a useful work for the garden historian, historic gardener and cottage gardener, but it has great relevance to 21st-century gardening,” said Frank Robinson, executive director of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Va.

Reserve a copy of “Flowers and Herbs of Early America” when you register. The book is $50 plus tax. Member discount applies. A credit card number will hold a copy. Lecture and book signing includes a light lunch for $18 members and $28 non-members.

Gifts from Janet and Fred Brubaker of Somerset, Pa., Teresa and Ken Wood of Chester Springs, Pa., and the Mars Foundation of McLean, Va., have made possible this exquisitely photographed and meticulously researched book of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area flowers and herbs.

“Flowers and Herbs of Early America” can be purchased at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center, 101A Visitor Center Drive, by phone at 1-800-446-9240 or at The book is published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in association with Yale University Press, which will distribute books outside Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans — while historic trades people research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” — a daily dramatic live street theater presentation — is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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