Make Your Own Herbarium Identification BookPlant gathering and preservation for identification has its foundations in history and early botanical plant hunting. Plants in modern gardens have their origins from all over the world, as botanists journeyed to distant lands. As the West was discovered, Lewis and Clark collected and noted plants along their journeys. New specimens were collected and preserved for correct identification. The plant was removed from the ground and all identifiable elements, such as leaves and seed capsules, were pressed flat between paper or bark parchments to make them easy to carry and prevent the plant material from being damaged. Papers with plants laid flat were placed between planks of wood and bound with rope or leather straps much like the tightening of a belt.
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Make Your Own Herbarium Identification Book
An herbarium is a great way to either display or keep track of dried plant specimens. When Jon and I were living in our studio in southern California, one of the places we liked to visit when we felt like escaping our little concrete jungle was a demonstration garden that was about a half hour drive from us. The Master Gardeners in our area ran the garden and used it as a place to test different gardening methods, hold gardening classes, and inspire people to grow their own edibles. We used to love going there because it was quiet and peaceful and there were a lot of different plants and herbs there. That garden inspired me to create my first decorative herbarium collection — a piece for our wall that would bring a little bit of the outdoors into our small space. We spent a few days gathering different leaves and flowers and things that we found on our walks and I pressed and dried them before arranging them in a large frame and hanging the finished piece on our wall. That original herbarium is long gone now, but building different kinds of herbaria has since become one of my favorite things to do with samples of plant material from our garden and walks.
Learn about an herbarium journal , its history and why they are used today. Make your own by collecting and recording your own plants. Traditionally an herbarium was a book of collected raw plant material that had been pressed or preserved to aid in the research of using plants for medicinal purposes. Usually, all parts of the plant were represented including the roots, stems, leaves, and fruits. The collector would then annotate the page with identification remarks and findings. Today an herbarium has evolved to a place where such documentation resides.
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