Go Native–Grow Native Plants Festival at Stratford Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes




For Immediate Release


From Stratford Hall and the Northern Neck

Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society                                               


Go Native—Grow Native Plants Festival at Stratford Hall

October 4, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Program will feature Dick Cheatham portraying Colonial Botanist John Clayton


STRATFORD, VA, (September 17, 2014) –Come meet colonial botanist John Clayton, portrayed by historical re-enactor Dick Cheatham, at Stratford Hall’s Native Plants Festival on Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Stratford Hall is partnering with the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society to host this special all-day event.

Set in Stratford Hall’s duPont Library, Dick Cheatham will use his passion for making lessons from history interesting and relevant for us to bring John Clayton to life. John Clayton, a clerk of the courts in Gloucester County during the early 18th Century, was devoted to botany. He collected many New World plant specimens and sent them to be studied by scientists in Europe. His work contributed greatly to the Flora Virginica, the first scholarly treatise on plants in the Commonwealth.


Over the course of the day, other speakers include Janet Pawlukiewicz director of the Plant NN Natives: Go Native—Grow Native Campaign, Carol Heiser from the VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat Partners Program on Creating a Habitat at Home© and Certified Master Naturalist Paula Boundy on Gardening Plans Using Native Plants.


Special exhibits and activities will focus on Proper Planting Techniques, Dealing with Alien and Invasive Plants, Decorating with Native Plants, Native Americans’ Use of Native Plants and Gardening with Children. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Stratford Hall is located on Route 214 off Route 3 in Westmoreland County. Admission to the festival and the grounds is $10 for adults, children under 10 free.   The historic Great House will also be open for an additional fee ($12/adult, $7/child). For more information call Stratford Hall at (804) 493-8038 or visit StratfordHall.org.