Learning the Parts of a Plants at Atwater Elementary

Second week with my new gardeners was all about learning the 6 parts of a plant, and the role they play. Let’s all pretend I didn’t go to art school and please excuse the drawing above – sketching under pressure is tough, guys!


Students matched descriptions of actions with the different parts of the plants, reading, writing, and drawing what each aspect of a plant are responsible for. After, some of the classes were able to plant their very own seedlings, giving proper respect to the parts that had already grown into a seedling.



I added several more signs, and some more scarecrows! I also spent some time making sure our climbing plants are well supported as they grow. I came in on Friday of last week to add worm castings and soil to low beds, so I’m looking forward to some fantastic soil this season.




One thing I noticed is that the plants might be getting too much water, especially as the seasons change. I’ll check back in next week for a better diagnosis and spend some time with the irrigation controller. Too much water is just as bad as not enough, and your humble garden ranger must remain vigilant in these times of drought!



I’m very excited to see the garden getting fuller, and having more fall color. I was very impressed with the student’s ability to name the parts of a plant, and so many of them knew some very advanced vocabulary! These young gardeners are definitely keeping me on my toes, and I’m excited to put their skills and enthusiasm to good use.


Until next time,

Ranger Natalie

Natalie Hodson

Natalie is an industrial designer with a passion for sustainability and building. She inherited her mother’s green thumb, and was fascinated with plants from a young age, spending most of her childhood wandering around the woods in Northeastern Ohio. Now, Natalie loves to spend her time wandering around national parks, trying new foods, and building things. She graduated in 2014 from the Rhode Island School of Design and has lived in LA ever since.