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Join University of Richmond biology professor, John Hayden, for an exploration of all things herbaria. An herbarium is a collection of preserved plant specimens used for scientific study, among other things. Dive into the history of herbarium collections and the roles that herbarium collections play in the service of botanical science. Learn the art and science of pressing plants for preservation and receive guidance on how to start your own backyard herbarium. Journey to the basement of the Kelly Education Center for an exclusive tour of the Garden’s herbarium.

As class comes to a close, explore the Women’s Work exhibit in the Library. The exhibit showcases the work of Works Progress Administration workers (many of them African American women) who planted the Lee Park Wildflower and Bird Sanctuary (now called Legends Park and Nature Sanctuary), in addition to creating an herbarium of pressed specimensa collection now housed by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and on display through Labor Day 2024.

We believe that all adults in our community should have access to plant-based, nature-focused learning opportunities. We offer several pricing tiers so you can register at the amount you’re able to pay. Thank you for your contribution, which helps cover the costs for this educational opportunity. Please select the ticket you wish to purchase below. If you select the Learning for All ticket, you can type in the box for the amount you wish to contribute.

• Learning for All Attendee: pay what you wish (no minimum)
• Member: $30
• Non-Member: $36

All programs are subject to change. Pre-registration through our website is required.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.




Saturday, June 1, 2024
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Details

Our Learning for All classes are popular and often have a waitlist. With enough advance notice, we can ensure another student can take your place should you have to cancel your registration.

About the Instructor

 John HaydenJohn Hayden is Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond where his teaching involves diverse aspects of plant biology; he also conducts research on the anatomy, morphology and systematics of plants, curates the herbarium and manages the greenhouse. He has served as the Botany Chair for the Virginia Native Plant Society since 2004.