Herbarium Workshop: Create Your Own Plant Specimen

Saturday, September 21, 2019 |10 am – 2:30 pm

Instructors: Beryl Zhuang

Learn tips and techniques for making your very own herbarium vouchers of native plants. Participants will go for a walk in the garden to collect native plants and discover how specimens are curated in a herbarium for scientific research. There will be hands-on instruction on collecting, pressing, and mounting techniques to prepare specimens suitable for creative art and scientific projects. Following the workshop, participants will take their own mounted specimen home.

Participants will gain experience with:

  • Collecting specific plants from UBC Botanical Garden
  • Pressing and drying plants to make a herbarium voucher
  • Learning how dried plant collection is curated for scientific research
  • Mounting dried plant specimens onto paper

 

Beryl Zhuang is the Curatorial Coordinator at UBC Botanical Garden where she is responsible for the plant data management. She graduated with an M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from UBC and enjoys analyzing biodiversity data. She is passionate about making beautiful specimens for plant documentation.

Important Notes: Please dress for the weather and bring footwear suitable for all terrains. This walkshop will go ahead rain or shine. The plant pressing demonstration will take place in our covered outdoor classroom. 3 hours of free parking available provided you enter your license plate at the meter and select the 3 hours free option.

Cancellation Policies: A $5.00 processing fee per attendee is charged if cancellation notice is less than 7 days prior to your scheduled program. There is no fee for transferring the registration to another person. Cancellations can be made by contacting garden.programs@ubc.ca. In the event that a program is cancelled by UBC Botanical Garden, we will offer the option of transferring to another program or obtaining a full refund.