On Saturday, July 15 the Wilton Historical Society will hold a pressed flower workshop for kids. Participants will have the opportunity to press their own blooms and learn about the practice through the centuries.

From ancient Egypt and medieval Japan to Victorian times, pressing and drying flowers has been a part of culture. While Victorian ladies dried and pressed flowers to create pictures and mementoes, earlier uses of dried flowers were part of religious rituals, particularly associated with burial customs.

Today, botanists still dry and press complete flower specimens, including roots, leaves and seeds, and preserve them for study, creating “herbariums.” The Historical Society’s museum educator Lola Chen will be talking with the children about the history of pressed flowers, and discuss Wilton’s own herbarium, which is housed in the History Room at the Wilton Library. Participants will learn about how to prepare flowers for pressing, and use a press.

The workshop runs from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and is suggested for ages 6-12. The cost to attend is $10 per child for Wilton Historical Society members, with a maximum of $25 per family; $15 per child for non-members, with a maximum of $35 per family. Snack, which the children will help prepare, is included.

Register by calling 203.762.7257 or via email.

The Wilton Historical Society is located at 224 Danbury Rd..