FINAL Tulip Garden Update: May 18, 2001
Gardens in the News
One look at this week's map and you know that spring has swept the continent. In many places summer weather is replacing spring. We have 12 new reports this week. 11 new gardens have bloomed and one garden has emerged. As always some gardens didn't get a chance to bloom, and each has a story to tell.
Original Tulip Garden Sites
Here are the results reported for the bloom times of the Original Garden Sites:
Enthusiasm in Vermont!- "It is so Cool"
Third Graders in Cavendish Town Elementary School in Proctorsville, VT have big garden plans for the rest of the season and ideas for next year, too. Here's what they wrote:
Students at Lakefield Elementar in Quispamsis, NB have switched gears and now instead of enjoying tulip blossoms they enjoy the glimpses of deer in their tulip garden! This group's glass is certainly half full! Here is what they have to share:
Patience Award Again to Our Coldest Gardens!
There are still a few gardens yet to see the light of day. From Anchorage, Alaska we recently received this mail:
"Sorry--no tulips emerging. We'd had a nice early spring up until Thursday (May 3) when it started to snow. I'm sitting here right now looking at a good, solid TWELVE inches of the white stuff sitting on the rail of my deck. It's only 23 degrees, too, so that stuff isn't going away anytime soon. OH! WOE is Us!"
We were hoping the students would have a chance to see their tulips emerge before school is over this year! There is still a few weeks left?
Congratulations Journey North Gardeners
This year we had 262 tulip gardens planted and 90 percent of all gardeners reported back to became part of the study! This is terrific response. We were able to present your data for all kinds of classroom investigations.
Please take a moment to think about the impact your gardening experience had on each person in your class and all the others involved in this international science project. THANKS for the work you contributed to the study!
Form, Function and Sun Screen-Discussion of Challenge Question #19
Here was our question to you:
If you take a look at the shape of the leaf you can clearly see that the shape contributes to repelling water, too. The curved shape and pointed tip act to collect and direct rainwater downward to the soil where the roots can use it.
The bluish color of the leaf tells us that the cells at the leaf surface (the epidermis) have some wax in them. Most plants have wax in their epidermis. The wax protects the leaf from losing too much water in the hot sun. It is a kind of sun screen for the leaf!
Investigators Unearth Bulbs- Discussion of Challenge Question #20
Challenge Question #20 asked: "There are many factors that could lead to understanding why the Richardton bulbs were moldy and soggy. Bulbs are a special kind of plant that need special conditions to grow. List as many factors that you can to explain how why these bulbs rotted."
Scientists have to think backwards to solve a lot of their research questions. In the case of the Richardton-Taylor tulip garden, we could make a list of the factors that could cause the bulbs to rot, and then investigate.
Factors that could contribute to the bulbs rotting in the ground:
Year-End Evaluation: Please Share Your Thoughts!
Please take a few minutes to share your suggestions and comments in our Year-End Evaluation Form below. The information you provide at the end of each year is the single most important tool used to guide our planning.
This is the FINAL Tulip Garden Update. Thank you for all your work on this International study. Have a great summer and we look forward to hearing from you again in the fall!
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