School Garden News
Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013
I am often asked, “What do you do in the winter when you are not gardening?"
Right now, we’re planning for the coming season, updating lesson plans, organizing activities, always working to improve our programs and, of course, fundraising. We work hard to raise funds so we can provide our services free to the children in Loveland City Schools.
We are preparing for Granny’s Great Amaryllis Race which starts the first week of school after the holidays.
Our garden coordinators visit each classroom with potted amaryllis bulbs. Students decide on a name for their bulb (at least one class each year names their bulb "Bob"). They use a compass to determine where the best location is for their amaryllis bulb. (A warm spot in a south window is best.)
Students form hypotheses to answer questions and form conclusions from their observations - and that's just the beginning. Classes compete for the tallest, longest leaf, best name, and first blooming amaryllis. In the process, students develop data collection and interpretation skills as they measure and graph growth. The exercise also provides a great opportunity for students to draw on and reinforce their knowledge about plant and bulb parts and processes learned during the fall season. It is amazing how much you can learn from one bulb.
We take the activity beyond the classroom and invite local business to get involved. Our students love visiting local businesses and comparing what is happening with their amaryllis plant. If your business would like to get involved or if you would like to participate at home you can order a kit for a $10 donation. Kits need to be picked up at the Granny's Garden office at 20 Miamiview Drive, next door to Loveland Elementary School.
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