Volunteers Lily Takatsuka, Judy Phillips, and Lois Prestrud mounting specimens for the Hyde Herbarium. (Photo by Eve Ricenbaker)
The Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium at the Center for Urban Horticulture houses the largest collection of horticulturally significant dried plant specimens in the Pacific Northwest. It is a valuable resource for plant research, supporting studies in taxonomy, paleobotany, insect ecology, climate change, and more. A vibrant community of volunteers support the work of the herbarium and has done so since the early 1970s, when a group of Arboretum Foundation volunteers formed the Herbarium Committee and began to develop the collection.
In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, UW Botanic Gardens herbarium collections manager Eve Rickenbaker writes about the Hyde Herbarium’s important contributions to science and its rich volunteer history.