Pollinators Receive a Gold Award Part II

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015



The first part of my job in compiling the herbarium for KBGA was to collect, identify, and press the flowers. I researched the specific information about each individual flower such as the scientific names and to what specific butterflies the plants host or supply nectar. An unpredicted challenge was finding out that a plant may change families, leaving it hard to determine how to label it. Brian Campbell, an extremely helpful gardener (actually the Horticultural Specialist!) at Knoxville Botanical Gardens, assured me I wasn’t the only one confused on this issue. It occurs often and can sometimes be difficult to keep up with, so it is not a huge deal when a plant gets re-categorized. I even toured the University of Tennessee’s Herbarium (which is a huge building and not a book, housing about 600,000 specimen) and met with Professor Wofford, the curator. He walked me through the highly organized plant files while informing me about temperature control, collecting strategies, and identification methods. Dr. Wofford informed me that the plant files need to be kept at a cool temperature for optimum preservation. In making the Herbarium book for KBGA, I utilized more primitive methods than were demonstrated to me by Dr. Wofford. The book identifies 29 of the plants growing in the Butterfly Garden, and is available for anyone exploring the gardens to use as a guide for learning more about these golden pollinator flowers!


One Response to “Pollinators Receive a Gold Award Part II”

  1. Anna Ford Says:

    Love this – good job!

    Anna T. Ford Interim Executive Director Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum 2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914 http://www.knoxgarden.org office: 865.862.1717 cell: 865.385.7005 fax: 865.862-8721


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