How to make a herbarium, with medical herbalist Niki Lawrence CPP

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Heartwood Herbal Medicine Education

Location address: Forest Row, RH18 5JX
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Ages: 18+ years

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**In light of the most recent government guidance on the coronavirus, we have decided to cancel all public events until further notice, including 'How to Make a Herbarium' originally scheduled for 10th May. The course will be rescheduled for a later date, yet to be decided.** Making a herbarium is exciting and rewarding, as each plant you press provides you with a valuable experience, allowing you to connect closely with plants through observing and working with them, and this helps you to understand and remember them in a way that is never possible from just reading a book or listening to a lecture. Herbarium preparation is a three-part process: collecting, pressing and drying, and mounting. Come and explore this process with Niki Lawrence for a hands-on, herbarium training day at Emerson College. HERBARIUM TRAINING DAY ITINERARY Morning session: After an introduction to herbarium preparation, we aim to venture out into the garden to find suitable flowering plants. We will be recording important details about each plant, such as its form, size, surrounding habitat and companion plants, and noting its location. We will then careful collect plant specimens (only those that are plentiful and not at risk of overharvesting) and I will show you how to place these in a herbarium press. Afternoon session: I will first demonstrate how to arrange and glue dried specimens onto mounting sheets, together with attaching labels and fragment packets. Then it will be your turn! I will provide each of you with a range of previously dried plant specimens to choose from, so that you can practice mounting it on official herbarium quality paper provided for you. We will finish up the day with each of you being given example herbarium specimen sheets for you to evaluate which is an excellent way for learning the dos and donts with herbarium preparation. The aim of this training is to provide you with the knowledge and experience to be able to learn to produce herbarium voucher specimens up to a quality and standard recognised by official herbariums around the world. Connecting and discussing the plants will be an added bonus to this learning of course! The workshop will take place in the Emerson gardens, library and Foundation room. ------ Accommodation If you need to stay overnight, you can book and pay for a single room accommodation on the Emerson web site at Book early to ensure a place on campus! Emerson College provides accommodation on campus in student style single rooms, equipped with a bed, bedding, towels, a desk and a wardrobe. Showers/toilets are shared. All student houses have simple kitchens where you can prepare your own meals, if you prefer. We are unable to organise accommodation for families, but we have a list of housing agents who may be able to help you if you would like to stay in the village or the Ashdown Forest.
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Heartwood Herbal Medicine Education
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Niki Lawrence is a senior lecturer on the University of Westminster Herbal BSc course, where over the years she has led a range of different herbal teaching modules (BSc and MSc), with her specific interest being the Materia Medica and Botany modules. She also works as a practitioner supervisor in the Universities herbal teaching clinic. She previously practiced as a nurse in Cape Town and helped manage a farm in the Klein Karoo district of South Africa. On returning to England she studied herbal medicine at the University of Westminster, before gaining an MSc in Ethnobotany from the University of Kent. She is a Council Member of the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP). Her interests include medicinal plant identification, herbarium voucher specimen collection and preparation, organic cultivation and sustainability, and ethnobotanical interview-based research.
Learning aims
Aim 1
By the end of the workshop, you will be able to identify a range of medicinal plants and know how to create a herbarium.
Aim 2
Describe plant vernacular and latin names, habitat and habit, characteristics and medicinal uses.
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Foundation Room, Emerson College, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX
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