Friends of Dragon Run are having a free, informative program to discover how early settlers used the unique habitat of the Dragon Run to provide shelter, food, and clothing for their survival, as they learned from the natives how to find and use the natural materials.

The meeting will be held Wednesday February 22, 2017 at the Gloucester Public Library located at Main Street Center in Gloucester Courthouse. The program beings at 7 pm and is open to the public.

Helen Hamilton, Master Gardner and local author, will present the program. She will discuss how chemicals in local plants were used as medicines for various ailments, how game and fish were captured, how primitive shelters were constructed and what was used, and much more!

As a writer, Ms. Hamilton has created plant guides for local parks, written articles about native plants, co-authored “Wildflowers & Grasses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain” and just recently published her new book entitled “Ferns & Mosses of Virginia’s Coastal Plain.”

In addition to being an author, Ms. Hamilton has served many years on the boards of the Virginia Native Plant Society and the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, served as president of the local chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, taught biology in local high schools, and worked for the National Park Service.

For questions about this program, contact Christine Tombleson at (804) 815-0172.

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