Botanists explore art and science of flowers in Greenwich
GREENWICH — Two botany experts presented an informative talk and demonstration as part of the Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Greenwich Point Park Seaside Center on Sunday.
Early science scholar Matthew Johnson spoke about the Connecticut botanist Joseph Barratt, who made important contributions to botany and the natural sciences in the early 1820s before going mad from mercury inhalation caused by his plant preservation techniques.
Botanist and consulting biologist Elizabeth Corrigan followed up with a mercury-free demonstration of techniques for pressing and preserving flowers and plants.
The next First Sunday Science event will be a demonstration on how to make a house for the important non-stinging pollinator mason bees on April 7.