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Workshop on plant specimens can lead to volunteer opportunity

By From page A7 | October 13, 2013

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Participants in the Oct. 19 workshop at the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity will learn how to create pressed-flower art pieces such as this globe lily. Courtesy photo

Local residents who would like to learn how to press and dry leaves and flowers for art projects, or how to identify plants, are invited to sign up for a workshop Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity.

Ellen Dean, curator of the center, also will teach participants how to prepare museum-quality herbarium specimens.

The herbarium at the center, housed in the Sciences Laboratory Building on the UCD campus, contains 300,000 pressed, dried and labeled plant specimens. Herbarium specimens are used as an aid in plant identification and to understand where and at what time of the year plants grow in the wild.

However, in addition to being of scientific value, many of the herbarium’s specimens are also beautiful works of art, some of which are more than 100 years old.

Workshop participants will be given instruction in collecting plants and plant parts, options for pressing and drying plants, and the proper use of glue, paper and other materials to create herbarium specimens or art pieces. Participants will take home the art pieces they create.

The workshop fee is $40 for members of the Davis Botanical Society and $45 for nonmembers. All proceeds benefit the Center for Plant Diversity’s curatorial needs.

Workshop registration materials are available by calling Dean at 530-752-1091 or online at http://herbarium.ucdavis.edu.

Participants also will be invited to join a volunteer specimen preparation group that will meet at the Center for Plant Diversity one Sunday afternoon per month from 2 to 5 p.m. starting Oct. 27 and continuing on Dec. 15, Jan. 26 and Feb. 23.

Other volunteer opportunities will be available on volunteer Sundays, such as filing specimens and georeferencing specimens.

Parking on campus is free on Saturdays and Sundays. To participate on volunteer Sundays, contact Ellen Dean at 530-752-1091 or [email protected].

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