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Winter Lectures, Tours, Workshops Enhance Jamestown Settlement ‘Botanical Virginia’ Exhibit

WILLIAMSBURG, Va., December 29, 2015 – An array of public programs complements the Jamestown Settlement exhibit “Clayton & Catesby: Botanical Virginia,” which continues through February 28, 2016. 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.

Visitors can delve into Virginia plant life during afternoon tours and public lectures on Tuesdays, January 5 and 19 and February 2, and midday workshops on Thursdays, January 14 and 28 and February 25.


Each lecture starts at 4:30 p.m. and 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.

January 5 – Lara Call Gastinger will present “Illustrating the ‘Flora of Virginia’” at 4:30 p.m. Ms. Gastinger, a botanical artist with a master’s degree in plant ecology from Virginia Tech, was chief illustrator for “Flora of Virginia,” a catalog of 3,164 plant species published in 2012.

January 19 – Dr. Donna M.E. Ware will present “From Clayton’s ‘Flora Virginica’ to the Late 20th Century” at 4:30 p.m. Research associate professor of biology and curator emerita of the College of William and Mary, Dr. Ware is a contributing writer to “Flora of Virginia.”
February 2 – Helen Hamilton will present “Wildflowers and Grasses on Virginia’s Coastal Plain” at 4:30 p.m. Past president of the John Clayton Chapter, Virginia Native Plant Society, Ms. Hamilton is co-author of “Wildflowers & Grasses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain.”


Workshops are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and start in Jamestown Settlement’s Robert V. Hatcher, Jr., Rotunda. Registration is available online or by calling (757) 253-4939. The $45-per-workshop fee includes lunch. 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.

January 14 – “Learning to Use Pen to Illustrate the ‘Flora of Virginia’” is instructed by Lara Call Gastinger.

January 28 – “Nature Journaling” is instructed by Betty Gatewood, educator, nature journalist and watercolorist. Retired from teaching middle school science, Ms. Gatewood is a former teacher-in-residence at Mary Baldwin College and former interpretive ranger at Shenandoah National Park.

February 25 – “Naked Tree Walk,” presented 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.

Jamestown Settlement, located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 2016 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.