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September 30, 2008

Illustrated lecture and book signing at Norfolk Botanical Garden features soon-to-be released book, "Flowers and Herbs of Early America"

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith will present an illustrated lecture and book signing of his new book “Flowers and Herbs of Early America” Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10-11:30 a.m. at Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, Va.

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.

Following the lecture, Melissa Butler, Norfolk Botanical Garden’s curator of herbaceous plants, will lead a tour of the Norfolk Botanical Garden’s recently renovated Hunter Savage Colonial Garden.

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.

“Flowers and Herbs of Early America” is an invaluable companion for today’s gardeners, who will appreciate the advice of a master gardener on how to plan, choose appropriate species and maintain a beautiful period garden.

Cost is $12 for the general public and $6 for Norfolk Botanical Garden members. To preregister, call (757) 441-5830, extension 338, at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information and directions, visit www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org.

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 in mid-October at WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers® in Colonial Williamsburg’s Visitor Center, 101A Visitor Center Drive, by phone at 1-800-446-9240 or at www.williamsburgmarketplace.com. 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. The suggested retail price for the book is $50.

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 www.history.org.

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Penna Rogers
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