Hauerstein & Marissa Gallant
New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill Staff 

Spring and summer bring new growth and along with it a variety of plant life to explore. Grab a field guide and head outside to identify some of your favorite backyard plants, wildflowers, and trees and get some inspiration for bringing a bit of nature indoors by preserving some of your favorite specimens. Keep a look out for interesting leaves or plants and be sure not to pick anything that is growing in natural areas. Remember to leave no trace and collect only plants or interesting leaves you find on the ground or pick from your own garden with an adult’s permission. You can even work with an adult to try creating your own cut flower garden. Listen in to get some tips on growing your own flowers – perfect for pressing or creating bouquets and arrangements. Practice the basics of plant pressing and follow the simple steps below to create a miniature flower press using recycled materials.  

You will need: 

  • Corrugated cardboard 
  • Empty cereal or cracker box 
  • Scissors 
  • 3-4 rubber bands 
  • Plain copy paper 
  • Fresh flowers or leaves 

Once you have gathered your supplies, begin by cutting 2 pieces of corrugated cardboard to approximately 8 ½ inches by