Scientists, explorers, and spiritual leaders have been preserving plants for
thousands of years, each for their own reasons.  Scientists preserved plants to dispense them as medicine. Explorers preserved plants to bring them to far away lands. The olive branch from King Tut’s tomb was preverved to protect the young pharaoh in the afterlife. Regardless of the reason, we get to see these preserved beauties at Herbaria around the world.  The 3,000 year old olive branch can be seen at the herbarium at Kew Botanical Gardens in England.
Scientists today collect plants to preserve DNA from a disappearing natural world – the tall grass prairies of North American, the rainforests of South America, the forests of China…the list goes on. I use the same scientific principles of preservation that scientists use. I learned these principles and the most effective methods of mounting at leading scientific institutions, including the herbaria at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens and the New York Botanical Gardens.

The process has no environmental impact and results in specimen that cannot change in composition or form. I use special glue developed just for plants, archival thread, mat board and other materials.

Once on paper, fully displayed, something new is revealed. It’s not immediately apparent that the medium is plant material. An appreciation for organic form emerges.

In Your Home
Treat your preserved plant art as you do any other fine art:
– Keep out of direct sunlight
– Avoid rooms with high humidity
– Frame only with acid-free mat board
– Use U.V. filtering glass


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