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December 10 Lecture at Jamestown Settlement Illuminates Plants of the Virginia Colony

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., November 30, 2015 – The first of four public lectures connected to the Jamestown Settlement exhibit “Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia” takes place on Thursday, December 10. Marion Blois Lobstein, professor emerita of biology at Northern Virginia Community College, will present “Fantastic Voyages: Plants of the Virginia Colony” at 4:30 p.m. in Jamestown Settlement’s Robins Foundation Theater.

“Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia” opens December 5 at Jamestown Settlement and continues through February 28, 2016. The exhibit, which is curated by the Flora of Virginia Project, 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.

Ms. Lobstein is a Fellow of the Virginia Academy of Science and serves on the Flora of Virginia Project board of directors. She has taught classes and workshops at the State Arboretum of Virginia (at Blandy Experimental Farm) and for the Smithsonian Associates program.

Lectures also are scheduled on Tuesdays, January 5 (“Illustrating the ‘Flora of Virginia’,” presented by Lara Call Gastinger), January 19 (“From Clayton’s ‘Flora Virginica’ to the Late 20th Century,” presented by Dr. Donna M.E. Ware), and February 2 (“Wildflowers and Grasses on Virginia’s Coastal Plain,” presented by Helen Hamilton).

Each lecture is preceded by a one-hour Jamestown Settlement outdoor guided tour, “Through the Eyes of Catesby,” starting at 2 p.m. and focusing on the flora and fauna depicted in Catesby’s watercolors.

The lectures and tours are included with admission to Jamestown Settlement. Museum admission is $16.75 for adults ($17.00 in 2016) and $7.75 for ages 6 through 12 ($8.00 in 2016), 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.

Jamestown Settlement, located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road) is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, visit hif.ciniva.net or call (757) 253-4838.