Bryson Elementary: the five senses in the garden

As we kicked off a new rotation of classes, students at Bryson Elementary got their first taste of flowers–literally. They ate nasturtiums, which taste sharp and peppery. In contrast, their petals are soft, like a “pillow or a bed,” as one student remarked.


The students also observed bok choy flowering, heard birds chirping and smelled rosemary and mint. They felt the bumpiness of Lacinato kale and were asked to think of a bumpy animal. Some thought of crocodile, alligator, dinosaur–and my favorite– Godzilla.

“Godzilla is half-dragon and half-dinosaur,” a third grader explained.

Godzilla kale, I like it!


Christine Lai

Christine Lai is a UCCE Master Gardener who joined Enrich LA in 2016. She began gardening in California in 2013 when she removed her parents' lawn and replaced it with water wise landscaping. Today, her interests have widened to include edible and native plant gardening. She keeps a worm bin and misses the open compost pile in her old home terribly.