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Concluding Month of Jamestown Settlement's 'Botanical Virginia' Exhibit Comes With Lecture, Workshop

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., January 25, 2016 – A February 2 lecture and February 25 workshop are scheduled during the final month of the Jamestown Settlement exhibit “Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia,” which continues through February 28. The exhibit explores documentation of native plants by naturalist Mark Catesby and botanist John Clayton in the 18th century and the Flora of Virginia Project in the 21st century. Among objects on display are 17 period hand-colored engravings created from Catesby’s watercolor paintings of American flora and fauna, on loan from the Garden Club of Virginia, and a 1762 edition of “Flora Virginica,” based on Clayton’s work.

Helen Hamilton will present “Wildflowers and Grasses on Virginia’s Coastal Plain” at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 2, at Jamestown Settlement. Past president of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society, Ms. Hamilton is co-author of “Wildflowers & Grasses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain.” The lecture is preceded by a 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 tour of the exhibit at 3:30 p.m. All are included with museum admission.

The Thursday, February 25, workshop, “Naked Tree Walk,” instructed by Dr. Stewart Ware, College of William and Mary professor emeritus of biology, will analyze the bare twigs of common trees on the Jamestown Settlement grounds. Registration for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop is available online at hif.ciniva.net or by calling (757) 253-4939. The $45-per-workshop fee includes a voucher for lunch at the Jamestown Settlement Café. 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 giving@jyf.virginia.gov for a code to use in online registration.

Jamestown Settlement, located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Museum admission is $17 for adults and $8 for ages 6 through 12, free to residents of James City and York counties and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, with proof of residency. For more information, visit hif.ciniva.net or call (757) 253-4838.