Featured Product: The Flower Press

The holidays are fast approaching; I know what you are thinking, it is not even Halloween! It is never too early to start thinking about gifts. Here at The Growers Exchange, we strive to provide not only high quality herbs but also great ideas about using herbs for gifting. We particularly love the flower press. Pressed herbs and flowers help to preserve the beauty of your favorite foliage.

Books were once commonly used to press herbs and flowers. This is how Costmary got the common name of "Bible Leaf". By pressing the large, minty leaves of the Costmary herb between the pages of their Bibles, people naturally repelled destructive insects like moths and silverfish. This was helpful to preserve the Bible and the plant.

A flower press is a great craft for any age. To preserve your favorite plants, follow these basic step by step instructions:

1. Pick fresh herbs and flowers with bright colors that are dry from any morning dew.
2. Undo the flower press by unscrewing the wing nuts on the bolts.
3. On the bottom wooden board, place one piece of corrugated cardboard topped with a sheet of blotter paper and then a sheet of white paper.
4. Place one to three flowers on the white paper. Keep space between the flowers. Arrange the leaves or flowers so they are as flat as possible and not covering each other.
5. Place a sheet of white paper on top of the leaves or flowers. Then add a sheet of blotter paper and the corrugated cardboard.
6. Repeat step 4 and 5 as many times as your flower press will hold.
7. Place the top piece of wood on all the layers and fasten down the wing nut. Set aside for two days.
8. After two days, undo the press and very carefully replace all the blotter paper, without disturbing the leaves or flowers. This is to allow for the driest possible environment and will keep the colors as bright as possible.
9. Undo the press again after a month and carefully remove your pressed flowers and leaves.

Once you have pressed your favorite foliage, you can add the beauty to homemade cards, candles, lampshades, or simply display them in a frame.