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January 6, 2009

Illustrated lecture and book signing at the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course features

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith will present two lectures at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course. The program will be held at the Founders Inn and Spa, 5641 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, Va.

During his lecture, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America, Grow Like Your Founding Fathers,” at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, Griffith discusses many of the flowers and herbs covered in the book, as well as their origin, history and use. Discover how the historical research for the book was conducted. This colorful lecture, partly illustrated with photographs from the book, mixes history and plant identification in a way that makes these flowers and herbs accessible to the public. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Griffith also will speak at 3-3:45 p.m. at the 2009 Home Gardener Day, Thursday, Jan. 29. He will discuss those plants that he grew during the grant period that have medicinal attributes associated with them. Although Griffith doesn’t endorse the use of herbs for health restorative reasons, he does recount their history of use.

Books signings have been scheduled for 12:15-12:45 p.m. Jan. 28 and Jan. 29.

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

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.

The 2009 Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course, presented by The Virginia Horticultural Foundation, is celebrating 40 years of horticulture education with a dynamic program featuring more than 140 Green Industry sessions presented by national and regional experts. The short course provides seminars, lectures and presentations by horticultural experts on proper horticultural techniques, environmental sensitivity, pesticide certification and overall instruction in proper care for soil, landscaping and particular varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees for professionals. For program and registration information, visit the Web site,

“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. 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 guests interact with history through “Revolutionary City®” – a dramatic live street theater presentation.

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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