Make a Herbarium Specimen

Sun 17 Mar 2013

10.00 am — 4.00 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (find us)
Board Room and Teaching Lab
£60, £54 for Members
Booking required. Please phone the Education Office on 0131 248 2937.

This hands-on workshop demonstrates the skills required to produce professional specimens. This is the format in which dried plant specimens are preserved as a reference collection. If well prepared, they can last indefinitely. We have in our collection some of the actual specimens collected by Charles Darwin on his Beagle voyage and new specimens being found today can be compared against these. As well as an important research tool, they are also very beautiful.

Utilising the extensive plant collections held at RBGE we will look at:

  • Collecting plant materials
  • Pressing and drying techniques
  • Compiling collections and label information

This will be followed by preparing and mounting a herbarium specimen to take home.

All materials are included.

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