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How tough are they? Tulips have provided a lesson in cold hardiness this spring. Watch the map for the far northern gardens to emerge. More...


Journey North Climate Garden Map: North America


Journey North Climate Garden Map: North America
Susan Voshell's Class
"Our spring wasn't early this year but the tulips started to bloom at last."
Zelenograd, Russia, May 19, 2016
In this international science experiment, students in schoolyards across the northern hemisphere plant tulip bulbs in their Journey North Test Gardens each fall. When the plants emerge and bloom, children announce springtime in their part of the world.
Spring 2016 News
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Get Ready!
January 8, 2016

Get ready to track the greening of spring! Gather and share observations, questions, data, and garden profiles.

February 10, 2016

The first tulips of 2016 have emerged! Find the early-emerging gardens and discover more gardens in unique sites across the Northern Hemisphere.

Popping Up
February 17, 2016

Emerging gardens are popping up on the map in patterns even as winter storms come and go in North America.

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Waiting for Action
February 24, 2016

While most tulip Test Gardens still lay in waiting under the ground, there are 64 emerged tulip gardens to celebrate in the Northern Hemisphere.

Watching for Change
March 2, 2016

It's meterological spring! March is a time of change and growth. Will you see your Test Garden emerge earlier or later than average?

Cold in a Snap
March 9, 2016

Warm weather can turn cold in a snap during the spring! Can tulip plants handle early spring's up and down weather?

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Gardens are Changing
March 16, 2016

It is celebration time for our first blooming gardens! From the Texas Gulf Coast to the Utah high plains 13 tulip gardens are showing red.

You're the Scientist
March 23, 2016

You're a citizen scientist when you're planting, reporting, and analyzing Journey North Test Gardens.

Fits and Starts
March 30, 2016

Spring erupts in fits and starts, bringing snow and bloom. Learn more about the botany of those big red blooms.

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Oh No — Snow!
April 6, 2016

Emerging in the north, blooming at 40°N, and snowing all around.

Blooms Prevail!
April 13, 2016

Large areas of cold temperatures slow down Test Gardens this week. Do blooms last longer in cooler temperatures? Look for art in a bloom.

Tell the Garden Story
April 20, 2016

There's a lot of action in the tulip Test Garden. How can you document and explore the season in your ever-changing garden?

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At Last — Emergence
April 27, 2016

To everyone's delight, Test Gardens are emerging at the higher latitudes, even in the middle of continental land masses. When will we see Alaskan gardens emerge?

Bloom Time
May 4, 2016

How tough are they? Tulips have provided a lesson in cold hardiness this spring. Watch the map for the far northern gardens to emerge.


Fall 2015 News

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Beginning in September, monthly updates will be posted here. Get ready to plant your Journey North Tulip Test Garden and track the arrival of spring in your part of the world!

How to




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Plant a Garden
September 11, 2015

Plant a Journey North Tulip Test Garden and track the arrival of spring. Participate in citizen science to help monitor seasonal change.

Explore Bulbs
October 9, 2015

Your tulip bulbs have arrived. It's time to explore, plant, and report.

Tweet Your Garden
November 12, 2015

The countdown to spring has begun. Jump in and share your tulip Test Garden News on Twitter.



Spring 2015 News
Students with their bulbs before planting
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Get Ready!
January 8, 2015

Get ready to track the greening of spring! Gather your observations, questions, data, and garden profiles all together in a journal.

First Are Emerging
February 6, 2015

The first tulips of 2015 have emerged. Find this early-growing garden on the map. Predict where tulips will be sprouting next.

Map Showing Green
February 13, 2015

The map is speckled green with emerging gardens. Look for a pattern and predict which gardens will be the next to turn green.

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Snow and Bloom
February 20, 2015

The first garden bloomed this week while snow and cold continued to blast across North America.

Making Predictions
February 27, 2015

With more snow and cold on the way, will gardens emerge on schedule?

Starting Slow in March
March 6, 2015

Few gardens emerged this first week in March. Next week's warm-up should bring a flood of green to the maps.

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Daylight Increasing
March 13, 2015

Daylength is increasing. The sun's rays are heating up the soil. Many gardeners are waiting and watching while others are celebrating beautiful blooms! 

March 20, 2015

It's the equinox! We have twenty-seven newly-emerged gardens to celebrate on the first official day of spring.

Is it Spring?
March 27, 2015

Did someone say it was spring? Some Test Gardens are still under snow and others are blooming, but most are somewhere in between. 

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April Gardens
April 3, 2015

It's April and signs of spring are all around us. Find out where tulips are emerging and blooming.

How Does Yours Compare?
April 10, 2015

Since last week, twenty more gardens reported emerging tulips and 19 others observed first blooms. How does your garden compare with other locations?

Experiment Results
April 17, 2015

Last fall's experiments in the Test Garden are now under review and revealing interesting results.

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Hardy Gardens
April 24, 2015

Despite the wildly fluctuating temperatures of springtime, hardy Test Gardens are growing strong.

May Day!
May 1, 2015

May Day is here! Time to celebrate in schoolyards across the Northern Hemisphere.

Bloom Investigations
May 8, 2015

Tulips are blooming all around. Northern gardeners, still waiting for blooms, are hopeful now that springtime weather has arrived.

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May 15, 2015

Sunlight is long and strong up in the northern latitudes and plants are responding. It is time to celebrate what you've learned in the Test Garden!


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