The herbarium is open to the public but mostly used by researchers.
It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact Carolyn Ferguson, herbarium curator, in advance. She can be reached at 785-532-6619 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tips for preserving flowers, plants herbarium-style
By April M. Blackmon
Press plants in between newspaper using a simple plant press, such as the one the K-State Herbarium uses, above.
With a plant press, a little dry air and some patience, anyone can preserve plants and flowers like the experts at Kansas State University's herbarium.
Carolyn Ferguson, herbarium curator and assistant professor of biology at K-State, said it's easy to build a simple plant press.
"You can simply place the plant in between pages of a book; or you can make a plant press with boards, some newspaper, cardboard and rope," Ferguson said.
Drying plants using a plant press:
Ferguson recommends using cardboard with horizontal folds for best results and recommends changing the newspaper every few days to keep the plant from molding.
"You can tell if the plant's dry when it's crispy and not flimsy," she said. "It usually takes five to 10 days, depending on the plant."
To mount your dried plant, Ferguson said Elmer's glue works for most plants.
"You can glue the dried plant on greeting cards, collages, etc.," she said.
For those interested in possibly having their collection in a herbarium, Ferguson said there's a little more work involved.
"Those excited about collecting must be willing to make labels to have it used by a museum," she said.
The labels should include:
"The more information there is about the plant, the more helpful the specimen is to researchers," Ferguson said.