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October 17, 2008

Book signing at Richmond Shoppers Fair features newly released book, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America”

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith will sign his newest book, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America,” Friday, Nov. 6-7 at the Library of Virginia, 800 E. Broad St. in downtown Richmond.

Griffith and Colonial Williamsburg photographer Barbara Temple Lombardi will sign books at a members only event 5-9 p.m. Nov. 6. In addition, they will sign the books at a public event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 7.

A leading historic plant expert, Griffith’s book draw on years of archival research and field trials in Colonial Williamsburg’s gardens. He will discuss the great variety of flowers and herbs grown in America’s colonial and early federal 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.

The 14th annual Holiday Shoppers Fair brings together Richmond's museum shops at the Library of Virginia and offers a one-stop experience for shopping this holiday season. Shoppers will find a wide variety of classic and unusual gifts for everyone on their shopping list. Free parking is available in the Library’s underground garage accessible from either Eighth or Ninth Streets.

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 WILLIAMSBURG Booksellers at the Foundation’s Visitor Center, 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 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

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