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August 11, 2009

Illustrated lecture at the State Arboretum features "Flowers and Herbs of Early America"

Colonial Williamsburg curator of plants Lawrence Griffith will present an illustrated lecture, “Flowers and Herbs of Early America,” 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. The lecture will take place at the Quarters Library at the State Arboretum at the University of Virginia’s Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Va.

Griffith will speak on his latest book of the same name. A leading historic plant expert, his lecture will pull from five years of research in primary documents as well as experience gained from live field trials. A book signing will follow.

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

Gifts from Janet and Fred Brubaker of Somerset, Pa., Teresa and Ken Wood of Chester Springs, Pa., and the Mars Foundation of McLean have made possible this exquisitely photographed and meticulously researched book of Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area flowers and herbs.
Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility situated in the northern Shenandoah Valley, about 10 miles east of Winchester and 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Blandy Experimental Farm also is the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia, displaying more than 8,000 trees and woody shrubs. The collections include more than half the world’s pine species, the Virginia Native Plant Trail, the Boxwood Memorial Garden, a spectacular grove of more than 300 ginkgo trees, an herb garden featuring culinary, medicinal and ornamental herbs, and much more.

“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.

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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