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October 24, 2008

Author and photographer of newly released book, "Flowers and Herbs of Early America," to sign copies across the foundation

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith and Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Lombardi will sign their new book, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America,” in several locations throughout Williamsburg in October, November and December.

The dates, times and places are:

  • Oct. 27, WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers, 101A Visitor Center Drive, 4:30-6:30 p.m.;
  • Oct. 31, Colonial Nursery and Garden, Duke of Gloucester Street across from Bruton Parish Church, 1-3 p.m.;
  • Nov. 1, Post Office, Duke of Gloucester Street, 1-3 p.m.;
  • Nov. 7, WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers, 101A Visitor Center Drive, 4:30-7 p.m.;
  • Nov. 22, Williamsburg Farmers Market, Merchants Square, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and
  • Dec. 6, WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers, Visitor Center, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    A leading historic plant expert, Griffith draws on years of archival research and field trials in Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens for his book.

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

    “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.

    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 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 distributes books outside Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. The suggested retail price for the book is $45.

    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.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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