Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Natural History at Home - Make Your Own Plant Press

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Museum Specialist Erika Gardner aired May 30, 2020, as part of the Natural History at Home series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Erika Gardner from the museum’s Botany Department shows how to create a plant press, a tool for preserving flowers, leaves and plants that you may collect while in your yard or out in your neighborhood. She also talks about best practices when pressing plants, and why preserved plant collections are important to science.

Materials you will need:

  • Two hardcover books of the same size
  • Cardboard, large enough to cut three pieces the size of the hardcover books
  • Newspaper
  • Pencil or marker
  • Scissors
  • Ties or straps to keep the press closed. Shoelaces, rubber bands, hair ties or belts work.

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