Webinar: Natural History at Home – Pressed Plant Projects
The Zoom webinar with Museum Specialist Erika Gardner aired June 13, 2020, as part of the Natural History at Home series. Watch a recording in the player above.
During this program, Erika Gardner from the museum’s Botany Department shows how to use dried and pressed plants for art projects, such as greeting cards and bookmarks, and shares best practices for keeping your own pressed plant collections. She also shares pressed plants collected by a teenage girl in Washington, D.C., from 1917 to 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic.
Moderator: Gale Robertson, Family Programs Manager at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Materials You Will Need
To make your pressed plant projects along with the video, please have ready the following supplies:
- Paper for the project of your choice. Options include 8.5 x 11 paper for a herbarium specimen, construction paper for a greeting card or bookmark, or a notebook to start your own pressed plants notebook.
- White glue
- A notecard or cardstock (if you want to make a label)
- Packing tape
- Something to use as weights for holding down your plants while the glue dries, like rocks.