VCU Libraries, in conjunction with the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
and the VCU Rice Rivers Center, present

The Ancarrow

Digital Archive


From 1968 to 1971, noted environmentalist Newton Ancarrow documented and photographed more than 400 species of wildflowers along the banks of the James River in Richmond, Va. Here is a sampling of his work.

Newton Ancarrow

Plants & Flowers

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Individual images of all of the slides from Ancarrow's slideshow, as well as accompanying documentation such as Ancarrow's field notebooks, the script of the slideshow, and family photographs showing some of the boats he designed, can be found at the VCU Libraries digital collection "Ancarrow Wildflower Digital Archive." See the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden website for more details of Ancarrow's life and work, including his campaign to clean up the James and the background of his boat-building business.