Flora on Backorder, 2nd Printing Due in December
The first printing of the Flora of Virginia has sold out at the publisher's. The second printing will arrive in late December, not in November as we had thought. BRIT Press will fill all backorders immediately after the books arrive. Amazon.com still has some copies of the first printing, as of Oct. 30.
The second printing will include corrections of any errors that have been reported. It will also be a little thinner and a little lighter, because it will be printed on a somewhat thinner paper. The price will be $89.99 per copy, plus $6.50 shipping and handling, a little more than the first printing, but still much less expensive than most books of this importance, size, and print quantity. Click the red button to order from BRIT Press.
Virginia's first flora since 1762's Flora Virginica is a modern guide to 3,164 plant species native to or naturalized in the commonwealth. The product of an 11-year effort, the Flora of Virginia contains innovative keys for identification, cutting-edge taxonomy, detailed habitat information, and an exhaustive description of each plant. As a further aid to identification, 1,400 of the plants are accompanied by an original illustration depicting key features.
Corrections Available On this Site
Corrections in content made during the second printing of the Flora are available on this site. Go to the pulldown menu titled "The Flora Project," and select the first entry, "Errata." You may want to mark these fixes in your copy of the first printing.
If you find an error in the Flora, check the Errata. If it has not been corrected there, please let us know! Click here to e-mail us the correction. We'll add it to the online Errata and correct it in the next printing we do (and, eventually, in the app). Thank you!
Reaching Out with the Flora
The Flora Project is focusing on connecting people with the book and the plants it represents. The Flora Premieres were the first step, where a surprise feature was the appearance by Colonial Virginia botanist John Clayton (1695–1773), on whose collections and writings Flora Virginica was based. The Flora Project was able to commission creation of the character by historian and historical actor Richard Cheatham thanks to a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The result is an entertaining, costumed show that makes startling connections between botany then and botany now.
A Flora App
With funding from the Virginia Environmental Endowment we have been able to transform the plant information in the Flora into a digital database that will be the foundation of an app for tablets and smartphones. The app will be flexible and customizable, linking to data from the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora and the Virginia Natural Heritage Program's plots database. The result? Much more distribution and environmental information for the Flora user.
All year, the Flora has been on the road with talks, workshops, and art exhibits around the state. An ambitious agenda has had the benefit of support from the Richard Gwathmey and Caroline T. Gwathmey Memorial Trust.
The Flora at the Library of Virginia
The fanfare around the Flora will culminate in March 2014 with the opening of a six-month exhibition at the Library of Virginia titled "Flora of Virginia"—an exciting opportunity for the citizens of Virginia to learn more about the plants and environment of the state. At right, Ipomoea coccinea, the Red Morning Glory, from the Library's Nourse Family Sketchbook, 1841–1846, which will be one of the many historic, interesting, and beautiful items on display.
The Flora on TV
The Flora Project was featured on Virginia Currents, an award-winning program of Richmond's Community Idea Stations. For a close-up on the origins of the Flora and why it's important, watch the program online. The Flora's the first segment.
The Flora Project's success is the gift of many people and groups. Especially vital are our official partners: the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which provides essential personnel and logistic support through its Division of Natural Heritage; Virginia Botanical Associates, which provides maps and data for our use and whose Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora we're electroncally linking with the plant descriptions in the Flora; Richmond's Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, which has generously made available its Herbarium Virginicum (operated jointly with Virginia Commonwealth University) for study of specimens used in verifying plant measurements for the Flora and provides rooms for our board meetings; the Virginia Academy of Science, which had sustained a dream of a modern Virginia flora virtually since its founding in 1923 and whose ongoing support, especially of illustrations, has proved invaluable to the Flora Project; and the Virginia Native Plant Society,
which not only represents a key audience of the Flora of Virginia but also has lent expertise and unflaggingly given financial support, at state, chapter, and individual levels.