Botanical Virginia Programs

‘Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia’ Public Programs
Black Walnut and American Redstart-web

Black Walnut and American Redstart, Mark Catesby, 18th century, hand-colored engraving,. Courtesy of the Garden Club of Virginia.

Seven public programs related to the “Botanical Virginia” theme will be presented during the period of the exhibit, December 5, 2015, to February 28, 2016:  lectures at 4:30 p.m. December 10, January 5 and 19, and February 2; and workshops from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on January 14 and 28 and February 25.


Lectures at 4:30 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater are free with museum admission.

Thursday, December 10 – “Fantastic Voyages: Plants of the Virginia Colony,” presented by Marion Blois Lobstein, contributor to Flora of Virginia

Tuesday, January 5 – “Illustrating the Flora of Virginia,” presented by Lara Call Gastinger, lead illustrator of Flora of Virginia

Tuesday, January 19 – “From Clayton’s Flora Virginica to the Late 20th Century,” presented by Dr. Donna M.E. Ware, College of William and Mary research associate professor of biology and curator emerita

Tuesday, February 2 – “Wildflowers and Grasses on Virginia’s Coastal Plain,” presented by Helen Hamilton, John Clayton Chapter of Virginia Native Plant Society past president

Each lecture is preceded by a one-hour Jamestown Settlement outdoor guided tour at 2 p.m., “Through the Eyes of Catesby,” focusing on the flora and fauna depicted in Catesby’s watercolors, and a 45-minute tour of the exhibit at 3:30 p.m. These tours are included with museum admission.


Workshops are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and start in the Robert V. Hatcher, Jr., Rotunda at Jamestown Settlement.

Thursday, January 14 – “Learning to Use Pen to Illustrate the Flora of Virginia,” instructed by Lara Call Gastinger

Thursday, January 28 – “Nature Journaling,” instructed by Betty Gatewood, educator, nature journalist and watercolorist.

Thursday, February 25 – “Naked Tree Walk,” presented by Dr. Stewart Ware, College of William and Mary professor of biology emeritus

Advance reservations are required for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshops. Register online or call (757) 253-4939. Cost is $45 per workshop and includes a voucher for lunch at the Jamestown Settlement Cafe. Members of Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Annual Fund gift clubs (donors of $100 or more) receive a discount and can call (757) 253-4139 or email for a code to use in online registration.

Private Tours

“Botanical Virginia” Exclusive Private Tours – Join our naturalist and plant expert guides on a captivating two-and-a-half-hour tour revealing how the plants found in this part of Virginia were used for food, medicine, ritual and trade well before the arrival of the British.

Tour With Your Friends,” available December 17, 2015, through February 28, 2016. Tours are limited to 14 per party and subject to availability. Advance reservations are required by calling (888) 868-7593 toll-free or (757) 253-4939 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $145 per party plus Jamestown Settlement admission.

Download a pdf about the public programming associated with the Clayton & Catesby – Botanical Virginia exhibit.