Program to focus on flora of Virginia
, 2015

Program to focus on flora of Virginia

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation natural heritage botanist John F. Townsend will present “The Flora of Virginia Project” at 3 p.m. April 6, at Shiloh School at Shiloh School and Balls Neck roads.

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John F. Townsend will speak April 6 at Shiloh School.

Townsend is co-author of Flora of Virginia, a definitive dictionary of all known plants in Virginia, reported Jane Towner.

As well as speaking about his joys and tribulations while working on the publication, he will tell about his experiences as a botanist, said Towner. He is familiar with all 60 of Virginia’s Natural Area Preserves, including Bush Mill Stream, Dameron Marsh and Hughlett Point.    

Flora of Virginia is the focus of a special exhibit at the Library of Virginia through September 12.  Visitors will be treated to live plant specimens, sculptures, fossils, photographs, books, engravings, information about conservation and illustrations, according to Townsend, who participated in mounting the exhibit.

He has agreed to autograph any books that people bring to Shiloh School on April 6.

The event will be sponsored by Northumberland Preservation Inc.

President June Turnage recommends folks come early and dress for the weather. The historic school has no heating or air conditioning. Refreshments will follow the presentation, she said.

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