From ancient Egypt and medieval Japan to Victorian times, pressing and drying flowers has been a part of many cultures, from art to burial rituals. Today, botanists still dry and press complete flower specimens, including roots, leaves and seeds, and preserve them for study, creating herbariums.
On Saturday, July 15, from 11 to 12:30, the Wilton Historical Society will hold a pressed-flower workshop for children 6 to 12 years old. Museum educator Lola Chen will talk with the children about the history of pressed flowers, and discuss Wilton’s herbarium, which is housed in the History Room at Wilton Library. The youngsters will learn how to prepare flowers for pressing, and use a press. A snack is included, which the children will help prepare.