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This listing is for a real pressed herbarium specimen featuring Cornus florida (Dogwood or Eastern Flowering Dogwood). This is a native tree throughout all of the eastern United States that blooms every spring to the delight of everyone who sees it. Its creamy white "flowers" (really they are leaf bracts surrounding the yellow true flowers) are a sure sign of spring and are featured in most Spring holiday decorations. My favorite part is the slight pink blush on the tip of each bract.

Framed Botanicals are a current decorating trend and have been showcased in Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living as well as numerous design blogs. Often the botanicals are reproductions of Victorian paintings or illustrations but why have a piece of art that is a reproduction when you can have a real piece of preserved nature?

This botanical was wild collected in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia and pressed using traditional botany techniques. It was mounted on herbarium paper (which is made from a linen blend and pH neutral and acid free) using my own blend of botany paste for archival quality. It measures 16.5in x 11.5in (roughly 42cm x 29cm) which is the standard museum/university size for herbarium sheets. I have antiqued the paper with a wash of walnut ink and have hand lettered the scientific name across the bottom of the paper like you would see in Victorian prints. Though most herbarium specimens have the collection label mounted on the bottom right corner of the sheet, I have decided to include the collection information on the back of the specimen so that it might function as an unbroken art piece, while still retaining the scientific integrity of a true herbarium specimen.

Frequently asked questions about Ecobota

My real botanical specimens are mounted on herbarium paper sized 11.5 x 16.5 inches
I hand stain all of my papers with walnut ink to give a vintage look and feel to my specimens. The staining is not heavy handed and the background does not detract from the specimen on the page.

This does make the background unique on each piece, but they still work visually together in a collection.

Dogwood Museum Quality Herbarium Specimen - Real Pressed Botanical Art


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