4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4,
11, 18, 25, Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, 28, May 6
Final Tulip Garden Update: May 27, 2010
It's celebration time for gardeners all across North America who participated
in reporting, predicting, and observing their Journey North gardens!
The last 2 northern gardeners reported blooming tulips in Anchorage,
Alaska, and Blackfalds, Alberta. Let's celebrate with them! Thanks
for participating in the BIG experiment! Photos:
time in Palmer, Alaska, where their tulips have survived the winter
and are emerging. Explore what springtime in Saskatchewan means in
the tulip garden. Will they bloom by the end of May? What did you
learn this year? We have some neat assessment projects and tools to
help you organize the year. Stay tuned for a brief update May 20,
when we celebrate northern gardens' blooming tulips. Thanks for participating
in the BIG experiment!
Mystery in an Alaskan garden; what caused the mushy mess? Springtime
in one of our gardens brought 6" of snow on Earth Day. Can you
guess which garden? Learn about phototropism and watch how plants
really move with the power of the sun. Try watching your tulips move.
Play a game where you study the map, then only give the answer to
a question. Have a partner guess the possible questions.
The map is mostly red this week, but tulips are just emerging in some
gardens in Oregon, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and Alaska. In your blooming
gardens lies an opportunity for a botany lesson. A slideshow will
help you study the tulip flower and its separate parts. Discover some
other related flowers. Check out a flower "sport." Maybe
you have one in your garden, too.
Another week of warm weather in the east and the map has exploded
in RED. Gardens as far north as New Brunswick reported bloom. Students
at Cook School discovered something interesting in their garden. Take
a look and see what you think is going on.Visit a couple of gardens
in bloom this week. One garden to visit is located in a country bordered
by the Caspian Sea. Can you guess what it is?
Photo: Teri Bickmore
It was an astonishing week for the tulip garden. As rain fell and
temperatures soared for much of the continent there was plenty of
action in the tulip garden. Visit a couple of gardens in bloom this
week. Get out into the excitement of spring and discover what is happening.
Make a phenology record for this time of bloom in the tulip garden.
Photo: Jill Vizza
Tulips are emerging and blooming all over the map. Take some time
to really look closely at your tulip flowers. You'll be inspired by
the art of Georgia O'Keeffe to look at your tulip flower a little
differently. Create some art in the garden. Meet Bob the Bulb and
learn about how to outsmart the critters to keep them from munching
Photo: Judy Huter
Spring has officially arrived, and it has sprung in typical fashion.
Warm in some parts of the continent and tulips are setting records
for their early arrival. In other parts spring snow storms have dropped
some white stuff onto the garden. How will this affect the tulip plants?
Find out more this week. Spark some good questions with our gallery
of photos. "Ask the Expert" opens Friday. Then go outside
to find inspiration for writing cinquain poetry.
March 18, 2010
As a heat wave crossed the middle section of the continent, snow melted
to reveal tulips emerging in a whopping 43 new gardens this week!
Is spring early or late this year? Try monitoring temps in your garden
to compare them to the average. Try some tulip math with the Nottingham
garden data. Meet a tulip cousin and see how they are alike. Watch
a slide show to learn where tulips come from and why they are so tough.
In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere daylength and the right weather
have brought tulip gardens to life. Since our last update there have
been 35 more gardens reported emerged! Explore the map to discover
more about geography and spring's arrival this week. Use the handy
growth chart to measure and observe in the garden during these days
that you can almost see the tulip plants grow. One more Mystery Garden
to solve this week. Use the clues to help find it.
This week gardens are popping up as we gain more daylight across the
Northern Hemisphere. Our first tulip garden has bloomed for the 2010
season! Where do you think it is? Get out your markers and learn about
isotherms and temperature maps. Then, in honor of the first blooming
garden we look closely at flowers. Use a Venn diagram to compare and
contrast. Put on your lab coat and let's explore!
This week gardens are emerging after last week's slowdown with cold
temperatures hovering across much of the continent. What happens to
plants when freezing temperatures hit? Try an experiment to find out.
Watch for the first gardens to show red on the map. Keep your eyes
open for earthworms and more. More clues provided for solving Mystery
Garden #2 location.
Cold and snowy weather result in only a couple of reported emerged
tulip gardens on the map this week. Temperatures over land and sea
give us more clues this week about spring's arrival. What can we learn
from ocean currents? Predict where and when the next tulips will emerge
using the climate knowledge you've gained this spring. This week we
have 2 Mystery Gardens. Use the clues and our Tulip Test Garden map
to see if you can find them.
Snow is the big word for the week: snow day, snow cover, snow storm,
snow emergency! Learn about Wilson Bentley, the Snowflake Man, and
how he gave us our first look at real snowflakes. How might a cold
blanket of snow affect Journey North Tulip Gardens? Find out how
many official weather observers help us track the weather. Then
track your own weather at your school site.
4 , 2010
Welcome to the Tulip Test Garden experiment! Somewhere across the
vast continent tulips have emerged. Why are some tulips emerging while
others are not? What does climate have to do with it? Start an investigation
by looking at the factors related to climate and plant growth. Take
a virtual garden tour this week and learn what others are doing in
their gardens and classrooms.
10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, and Jan. 7
It's about as cold as it will get this winter (on most parts of the
continent). Grab your journal and head outside to observe and record.
Your bulbs are settled seven inches underground. What's going on under
there? If you have early emergence be sure to report it, and if you
expect winter to return, mulch the garden to protect tulips from damage.
Check out our slideshow showing all kinds of weather maps.
December 10, 2009
The deepest, darkest part of winter is approaching, but 336 Journey
North gardens are safely tucked into the ground and ready for spring.
What's the climate like in these different places, and how will climate
affect growth in the gardens? Investigate the factors that affect
climate and plant growth. Try the Global Climate Challenge!
November 12, 2009
Gardeners are digging in now that the rains of October are passed.
Two hundred twenty gardens are in so far. Read a sampling of enthusiastic
garden reports. Then view a new slideshow about critters in the garden.
Find out how to meet a global garden partner and how to design a plan
for a microclimate garden. Can YOU meet our challenge?
credit: Audrey Aubrecht
What is a tulip bulb? Science begins with observation. Learn to look
at your bulb closely. Draw it, and compare it with others. How would
you describe it? New Journey North tulip garden maps give us a good
view of Europe and Asia. Watch for gardens to appear on the other
side of the globe this fall! Brush up on map reading with weather
maps. And, try an experimental garden to compare with your official
Journey North garden.
Welcome to Journey North's Tulip Test Garden Climate Study! Kick off
the season with an introductory video and slideshow to explain what
it’s all about. Then head outdoors to explore the schoolyard
and choose a site that best represents your local climate. Print a
take-home letter to invite families and friends to join the experiment.
Finally, explore tips to help you organize your Journey North garden
study this year.
Beginning September 10, Tulip
UPDATES will be posted here.
ready to plant your bulbs for this year's tulip project. Find out
how to report your planting and track the arrival of spring on real-time