Parts of a Plant, Holiday Style at Atwater Elementary

It’s beginning to look a lot like winter in the Atwater Ave Elementary school garden!

The weather is cool, the sky is cloudy, and our cold-weather crops are giving us a big old smile.

We spent this class learning all about different parts of a plant and what they do!


Students drew out the 6 scientific classifications of what makes up a plant, and we talked about what those parts do for the health and development of a plant. One of my favorite parts of this lesson is talking about the “fruit” of a plant, and how it often is a very clever way for seeds to transport themselves far and wide. Talk about mutually beneficial!


We were able to harvest some happy-looking beans, and I saved quite a few of the seeds to grow “heirloom” beans for our next season!

After, the students were challenged to find 3 plants with different edible parts – for example, we eat the fruit and seeds of green beans, but we eat the leaves of romaine lettuce.


Class ended with a new snack from the garden – the flowers and leaves of the nasturtium plants we have blooming! These lovely lily-like plants are surprisingly peppery, so I definitely added some unexpected holiday spice to the class!

Happy holidays, and I’ll see you soon, gardeners!

-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.