Herbarium Basics Workshop: Preserving Plant Specimens

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February 21, 2015 @ 9:00 am
February 21, 2015 @ 12:00 pm
225 Chester Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
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Come learn about the process of creating herbarium specimens using simple techniques for drying plants and mounting them on paper.

During the first half of the workshop, Dr. Wendy Zomlefer  and Steven Hughes will discuss their work at the University of Georgia Herbarium which houses over 267,000 plant specimens. They will also showcase techniques associated with these incredible resources during an Herbarium 101 presentation. 

Enjoy the second half of the workshop with hands-on instruction on proper mounting steps.  During wihich we’ll look at some pressed and mounted plants from the UGA Herbarium as inspiration. Then they will demonstrate techniques for pressing plants so that the specimens foliage and flowers are displayed beautifully and their color is retained.

At the end of the workshop Wendy and Steven will demonstrate archival techniques and materials for gluing your pressed and dried plants to paper. Everyone will go home with a small pressed plant that they have mounted themselves. All materials, including plants, glue, and paper, will be provided.

Herbarium specimen

  • Parking is available at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center or neighboring street parking
  • 9:00am – Workshop welcome and introductions
  • 9:30am – Herbarium 101
  • 10:00am – Break
  • 10:15am – Hands-on Instruction
  • Seats are limited & reservations are first come first served

Special thanks to the City of Atlanta, the University of Georgia, and the National Science Foundation for supporting this lecture event!    

Wendy B. Zomlefer
Curator of the University of Georgia Herbarium
Dr. Wendy B. Zomlefer is the curator at the University of Georgia Herbarium. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and is a plant taxonomist with numerous scientific publications.

Steven Hughes
Collections Manager of the University of Georgia Herbarium
Steven Hughes received his Master’s degree in ecology from Mississippi State University.