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November 14, 2008

Book signing at William and Mary Bookstore features newly released book,

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith and Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Lombardi will sign their new book, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America,” Friday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon 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 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 at the William and Mary Bookstore. 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. 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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