Seed Experiments at Atwater Elementary

 

Last week gardeners at Atwater Elementary learned all about different parts of a plant – from seed and back again! This week we took a closer look at seeds – where they come from, and what they’re made up of, especially in plants that don’t produce fruit. There were two great examples of non-fruiting plants in the garden, and I wanted to capture their seeds with the students!

First, we had some lovely chive blooms. The second was our crazy basil plant, which always flowers despite my vigorous grooming,

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I had gathered piles of dried basil and chive flowers in the previous weeks, so we had plenty of samples to choose from! We learned the three main parts of a seed, and how they can last so long before being planted.

 

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Students used magnifying glasses to observe and draw their different blooms, since every scientist needs to utilize whatever technology is available. They were encouraged to use their senses (all but taste!) to discover characteristics of each flower, how the seeds grew, and the differences between the plants.
At the end of it, the students had harvested their own “heirloom” seeds that we will plant come spring!

 

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At the end, all of the scientists got to taste chives and basil, and explore the garden to identify different flowers and see if they contained seeds.

 

Thanks for all the stellar experimenting, gardeners. 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.