In addition to providing plant identification to the public, the Herbarium serves as a resource to University of Washington students learning about plant identification. Students can compare multiple specimens of the same plant side-by-side to observe finite details between species, something that would be very difficult to do in nature!
Want to support this great resource? Take a little piece of the UW Botanic Gardens home with a one-of-a-kind framed herbarium specimen or stop by the Washington Park Arboretum gift shop for a pressed flower note card handmade by Herbarium volunteers. Speaking of volunteers, the Herbarium has a large and active volunteer community and is always looking for new volunteers.
The Herbarium is run by a part-time Research Assistant and is open 20 hours per week. Check the website for current hours.