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March 30, 2009

Book signing at William and Mary Bookstore features Colonial Williamsburg book, "Flowers and Herbs of Early America"

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith and Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Lombardi will sign their new book, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America,” 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the College of William and Mary Bookstore in Merchants Square.

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

Illustrated with elegant period engravings and striking contemporary photographs by Lombardi, the book is 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.

April 18 kicks off Historic Garden Week throughout Virginia. For the 76th year, visitors will step through the gates of more than 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House,” April 18-25. Three dozen Historic Garden Week tours present a rich mosaic of some of the country’s finest properties at the peak of Virginia’s springtime color. Sponsored by the Garden Club of Virginia, local events are scheduled from the Atlantic Ocean to the Allegheny Mountains and will span the centuries from the early 17th through the early 21st. Colonial Williamsburg welcomes the Williamsburg Garden Club in celebrating the splendor of the Historic Area’s remarkable gardens and landscapes during a special Garden Day on April 21.

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 the William and Mary Bookstore, as well as Colonial Williamsburg’s retail stores, including Craft House, Everything WILLIAMSBURG and WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers. 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 $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. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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