Beaty Nocturnal: Pressed Plants – Making a Herbarium

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is pleased to invite you to attend the book launch of an amazing new book Pressed Plants, Making a Herbarium by Linda PJ Lipsen (Linda Jennings), curator of the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum Herbarium.

You are invited to learn more about pressing plants and to socialize with fellow naturalists, botanists, and hobbyists during the event. There will be books for sale and a book signing with Linda PJ Lipsen (Linda Jennings), informative displays with hands-on help on how to make a great pressed plant, followed by a guided tour of the herbarium collections and an opportunity to view treasures found within the collections.


  • 5:00 pm: Doors open with admission by donation
  • 6:00 pm: Display and demonstration on how to press plants
  • 7:00 pm: Guided tour
  • 7:30 pm: Book signing under the whale
  • 8:30 pm: Museum closed

About the book:

Today, it is more important than ever that we document the Earth’s plant biodiversity during this critical period of climate change and rapid biodiversity loss. Pressed Plants will teach you how to press and preserve plants for fun, sustainable crafts, education and to help support scientists to carry out plant biodiversity research and conservation work.

After 16 years of pressing plants for teaching and research, and running one of the largest herbariums in Canada, Linda PJ (Jennings) Lipsen has written Pressed Plants, Making a Herbarium, illustrated by Derek Tan and published by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Pressed Plants responds to the recent revival of enthusiasm for nature, biodiversity, and conservation. Written for amateurs and hobbyists, instructors and researchers, Pressed Plants will teach you how to properly press plants to help document plant biodiversity so it is better understood, valued, and protected.

About the author:

Linda PJ Lipsen (Linda Jennings) is the collection’s curator of the University of British Columbia Herbarium at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Linda holds an M.Sc. in botany and has previously worked for the UBC Botanical Garden and taught in UBC’s Department of Botany. She also instructs the Master Gardeners.

About the illustrator:

Derek Tan is an illustrator, photographer, multimedia designer, and the manager of exhibitions at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. He is a recipient of the 2019 Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Museums.