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New book merges arts of gardening and entertaining, inspires memorable events and celebrations

The arrival of spring provides the perfect debut for Colonial Williamsburg’s newest entertaining book. “From a Colonial Garden: Ideas, Decorations, Recipes” appeared in bookstores nationwide March 20 just in time for spring. Gardeners can begin growing key ingredients for entertainment ideas to inspire memorable celebrations throughout the year.

Author Susan Hight Rountree’s latest work follows the best-seller tradition of her two earlier books, “Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg” and “Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg,” published by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Using the beauty and bounty of Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned gardens as inspiration, Rountree harvests a wealth of clearly written and illustrated entertaining and decorating how-tos and recipes appropriate for any season of the year.

“From a Colonial Garden” includes seasonal garden projects that suggest myriad ways to use flowers, fruits, herbs and foliage, including a spring colonial garden for a mantel or a summer berry topiary. Autumn brings a harvest brunch to the table and a pumpkin snowman to delight Halloween trick-or-treaters. Celebrate the holidays with a selection of five themed special trees or create unusual wreaths, swags and cones.

Rountree also explores new ways to use the tried-and-true holiday floral forms anytime of the year. “From a Colonial Garden” offers year-round life to the traditional fruit cone, the very essence of a Williamsburg Christmas, with a fruit and berry garland or a summer centerpiece that brings fiery color to the table.

The volume features lush color photography by Tom Green, Colonial Williamsburg staff photographer and member of the Professional Photographers of America. Illustrations are by Elizabeth Hundley Babb, the skilled artist whose how-to drawings illustrated Rountree’s earlier books, “Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg” and “Entertaining Ideas from Williamsburg. ”The hardbound 224-page volume (ISBN: 0-87935-212-4), with 287 photographs, 24 color how-to illustrations and 11 black-and-white drawings, is available for $24.95 in bookstores nationwide and in Colonial Williamsburg retail stores, from the WILLIAMSBURG catalog at (800) 446-9240 and on the Internet at

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