2023 Herbarium Class

Botany is the study of plants. Learning the science of plants is very important if you are using herbs as medicine and wild foods. Proper identification and connections to the plants will help you become more confident in your plant journeys.

An Herbarium is a storehouse of collected plant specimens. These plant specimens are pressed, dried and are then preserved in sheets. Compiling an Herbarium binder will directly connect you with the plants and become a hands-on visual learning tool for you that you can study at any time. You will learn to identify, understand plant families, patterns and how this can relate to their medicinal and/or food qualities and uses.

In this class, we will cover basic botany for the herbalist, wildcrafters, or plant enthusiasts. We will learn to classify plants and learn to group them by their botanical plant family. We will then learn how plants in the same family have similar uses that are good for specific conditions. This can really open up ones ability to use the local plants for their health and medicinal properties without the need to just memorize medicinal plant uses from a book. You will develop a deeper understanding of the plant world and create a relationship with the plants by pressing and journaling them. 

When you identify, press and journal plants, it requires intense focus on the details of the plant such as learning leaf characteristics and arrangements as well as determining the plant family and the Latin botanical name. Developing these skills will allow you to really “see” the plant world rather than just seeing a wall of green when you look at plants, grasses and trees. 

Develop observation and identification skills through the use of guided classroom instruction, the use of loupes, microscopes, field guides, games, as well as hands on gathering and pressing of plants to build our own herbariums and journals. This class will be covering many of the plants that are taught in our Whole Living Course and that are found in our Plant Profiles for Whole Living reference book.

Connect with the plants by pressing the plants you gather from the farm herb gardens, fields, and woodlands at Forrest Green Farm. Krista will then teach you how to create an Herbarium for your plants and have you make a journal entries for these plants.

This class will be structured. To start each class, we will have some botany learning activities and lecture. Then we will collect plants from the farm gardens and fields. You will press the plants and write out an identification for each, Krista will guide you through this.  Finally in each class, you will also choose one plant to sit with and journal in your own quiet space on the farm. 

Mounting plants onto the final pages for your Herbarium will be done at home between classes. I will show you in the first class how to properly mount your pressed herb/plant onto the acid free sheets for your Herbarium. This work needs to be done at home where there is less humidity and the sheets need to be laid out until the are fully dry. 

Prerequisite Class: WHOLE LIVING: A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ON HERBALISM & GARDENING (or currently enrolled in Whole Living Class)

DATES: 10am-4pm (includes a half hour lunch break)

  • April 22, 2023
  • May 27, 2023
  • June 24, 2023
  • July 15, 2023
  • August 19, 2023

COST: $950. Includes all materials needed for pressing plants (paper, glue, sheet protectors, dividers, ID tags, etc.), loupes, two plant presses, plant journal, a binder full of handouts and you will leave class with a full herbarium to take home.

Class Schedule

Class 1

  • Observing nature, patterns, etc.
  • Introduction to Plant Presses 
  • Introduction to Loupes & Microscopes
  • Basic Botany and Classification
  • Press early spring plants
  • How to mount plants and organize your Herbarium
  • Plant Families Overview: Brassicaceae -Mustard, Fabaceae-  Pea, Rosaceae- Rose, Apiaceae-Parsley, Violaceae Violet, Ranunculaceae Buttercup, Rubiaceae Madder, Tiliaceae Basswood, Salicaceae Willow
  • Plant Journal time

Class 2

  • Field Guides  in depth how to use the many different kinds of field guides
  • Latin Names Game
  • Pressing Plants
  • Plant Families Overview:  Malvaceae Mallow, Lamiaceae Mint, Hypericaceae St. John’s Wort, Urticaceae Nettle, Papaveraceae Poppy, Hamamelidaceae Witch Hazel, Ulmaceae Elm, Juglandaceae Walnut
  • Plant journal time

Class 3 

  • Shanleya Plant family card game
  • Pressing Plants
  • Plant Family Overview:  Boraginaceae Borage, Polygonaceae Buckwheat, Scrophulariaceae Figwort, Equisetaceae Horsetail, Lilaceae Lily, Balsaminaceae Impatiens, Asclepiadaceae Milkweed
  • Plant journal time

Class 4

  • Plant Family Finders game
  • Pressing Plants
  • Plant family Overview:  Amaranthaceae Amaranth, Asteraceae (compositae) Aster or Sunflower, Anacardiaceae Cashew or Sumac Family, Solanaceae Nightshade, Portulacaceae Purslane, Cannabaceae Hemp family, Berberidaceae Barberry Family, Plantaginaceae Plantain, Geraniaceae Geranium, Curcurbitaceae Gourd
  • More field guide work
  • Plant journal time

Class 5

  • Pressing Plants
  • Plant Family Overview: Dipsacaceae Teasel, Onagraceae Evening Primrose, Araliaceae Ginseng, Smilacaceae Greenbrier Family, Ericaceae Heath Family, Oxalidaceae Wood sorrel, Verbenaceae Verbena
  • Plant Journal Time
  • Sharing our Herbariums

Possible plants you will press for your Herbarium (subject to change based on the growing season)

  • all heal
  • anise hyssop
  • artemisia
  • new England aster
  • basils
  • black walnut
  • boneset
  • blue vervain
  • borage
  • calendula
  • california poppy
  • catnip
  • celandine
  • chamomile 
  • chickweed
  • cilantro
  • clary sage
  • cleavers
  • comfrey
  • dandelion
  • echinacea
  • elder
  • elecampane
  • evening primrose
  • fennel
  • feverfew
  • geranium wild and pelargonium
  • goldenrod
  • gotu kola
  • ground ivy
  • hibiscus
  • hops
  • horehound
  • hyssop officinalis
  • jewelweed
  • jiaogulan
  • lady’s mantle
  • lamb’s quarters
  • lavender
  • lemon balm
  • lemon verbena
  •  lemongrass
  • lobelia inflata
  • majoram
  • marshmallow, common mallow
  • meadowsweet
  • monarda fistulosa
  • motherwort
  • mountain mint
  • mullein
  • nettle
  • oat
  • oregano
  • oxalis
  • parsley
  • pokeweed
  • purslane
  • red clover
  • rose
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • sassafras
  • sheep sorrel
  • shepherd’s purse
  • shiso red
  • skullcap 
  • spilanthes
  • spicebush
  • St. John’s Wort
  • teasel
  • thyme
  • tulsi
  • valerian
  • violet
  • vitex
  • wild cherry
  • wild dagga
  • wood betony 
  • yarrow 
  • yellow dock

Payment Plan Options

Option 1: Pay in full for $900 ($50 discount to pay in full in one transaction)

Option 2: Deposit to hold your space: $300

  • Payment 1: November 1, 2022 $325
  • Payment 2: February 1, 2023 $325

Please complete this registration form and then you will be directed to pay, please complete all of these steps to be considered registered in Herbarium Class.