Parts of the Plant

This weeks class covered the five, and sometimes six, parts of a plant and what their job is in keeping the plant alive and well. They are:

  1. Seed: Is the baby plant and is waiting for the right conditions to open up and grow roots. For older kids the seed is described as the fertilized ovule of a flowering plant that contains the embryo.
  2. Root: Organ of the plant that absorbs water and nutrients and holds the plant in place.
  3. Stem: Tranpsorts nutrients to the rest of the plant, similar to your spine.
  4. Leaf: Grows off the stem and converts sunlight into food for the plant, AKA photosynthesis.
  5. Flower: Provides nectar for pollinators and is responsible for reproduction and seed making.
  6. Fruit: The part of the plant that then produces seeds, AKA the ripened ovary.

We then played a guessing game where I shared a clue about a fruit or vegetable we eat that is a specific part of the plant. After the game we explored the garden to identify different parts of the plant. We finished with a snack of dried cherries and raw almonds, which are the fruit and seed part of the plant.

Sara Haston

Sara Haston has been a Garden Ranger with Enrich LA since October 2015. Her background is in Health, Farming, and Cooking. She is originally from El Paso Texas and moved to Santa Monica California in 1997. In her free time she enjoys exploring nature, practicing yoga, and having dinner parties.