Spring 2011 Posted Thursdays: Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5
garden May 5, 2011
It's celebration time in Hines Creek, Alberta where their tulips have emerged. Review and enjoy the arrival of spring week-by-week with animated Test Garden maps. Show what you have learned this year with assessment projects and tools to help you organize. Enjoy one last view of the garden from a unique perspective. Finally, please share your thoughts with our Annual Evaluation.
moving tulips April 28, 2011
We're still waiting for some Test Gardens in the upper Midwest to show green, or red. The temperature map and the Test Garden map look similar and could hold some lessons.
Play Answers and Questions game this week. Learn about phototropism and record it in your garden. Spotlight on a German garden. The Tulip Expert reveals interesting answers.
tulip in snow April 21, 2011
The stormy spring of 2011 continues with severe weather in the southeastern U.S. and surprise spring snow across the northern latitudes. Winter-y weather isn't over yet. Wait a couple days, spring will return. Step outside to observe other signs of spring happening. Spotlight on two Test Gardens this week. When will YOUR garden bloom?
parts April 14, 2011
The map is getting more red each week, but tulips are just emerging in some gardens in Vermont, Montana, 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.
in the garden

April 7, 2011
It's springtime and there is a lot to wonder about the Test Garden. We have 13 years of garden data from one site in Virginia. Explore what you can do with this treasure trove. Drop in on a fantastic blog created just for the Journey North garden. Don't forget to Ask the Expert this week.
Photo: Judy Molnar


March 31, 2011
March came and now it's time to say goodbye to a month filled with weather surprises. In some gardens bare ground turned into red blossoms this month. What happened in your garden? Set aside the time to really look at your flowers with a lesson that takes its clues from Georgia O'Keeffe. Don't forget to Ask the Expert this week.
Photo: Judy Huter

wonder poster March 24, 2011
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. Snow melted off the test garden in Haines, Alaska and the tulips have survived. What makes them so hardy? Visit a school that brought their test garden inside to study. Gather your plant-related questions for Ask the Expert this Friday.
garden notes March 17, 2011
Happy West Virginia gardeners were dancing in their garden this week. Under melted snow the students found green shoots! Across the map Test Gardens are blooming. Study map animations using the mapserver this week. What patterns can you see as you study the Test Garden maps over time? Find out if spring moves from south to north. Decide if you are having an normal spring.
Photo: Jennifer Waldron
March 10 report March 10, 2011
Variable spring weather continues. Since our last update there have been 26 more gardens reported emerged! All total, 18 gardens have bloomed. See how gardens can become a springboard for using math and language arts skills. Try using the plant growth chart to measure and observe in the garden during these days that you can almost see the tulip plants grow.
flower poster March 3, 2011
To celebrate the first test gardens blooming this spring we take a closer look at flowers. What does a flower really look like? Try describing them in words and pictures. Four blooming gardens share the spotlight. The map has many more emerging gardens this week and they are showing up in new places.
snow February 24, 2011
Warm temperatures across much of the continent last week brought color to the Test Garden map. Our first blooming gardens are reported. Now we watch as snow and cold are predicted in the Pacific Northwest. What happens to plants when freezing temperatures hit? How might they affect water inside the cells of a plant? Try an experiment and think like a scientist.
emerging tulips February 17, 2011
Is it springtime in Alaska? The Test Garden in Haines has emerged. What? This garden is over 700 miles north of its closest emerged garden neighbor. What would cause this to happen? Think about why, then dig in to some clues to solve this puzzle. You're sure to se some patterns and surprises. Visit two different climates this week and peek at their gardens.
snowball February 10, 2011
Snow is the big word this winter: snow day, snow
cover, snowball, snowflake, snow emergency! How might a bold blanket of snow affect the Test Gardens? Ask a question, make a prediction, and design an experiment. You're sure to see some patterns and surprises.
snow in the garden February 3, 2011
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? Pick a garden and gather questions. What special factors will help you predict when it will emerge and bloom? Lots of questions this week and a guide to help you find out more.
to school by boat January 6, 2011
Spotlight on an island garden this week starts us thinking about weather and climate and geography. How can maps help us make predictions about when our tulips will emerge? What's happening underground in the tulip garden? Investigate temperatures underground and compare them with air temperatures. Which will be colder?
Fall 2010
Posted Thursdays: Sept. 9, Oct. 7, Nov. 11, Dec. 09, and Jan. 6
wonder ring December 9, 2010
What questions do you have about your tulip garden investigations? Start a collection of your questions in a "Wonder Ring." Journey North test gardens are scattered across the Northern Hemisphere. What's the climate like in these gardens, and how will climate affect their growth? Study a temperature map. Learn how one class put their dreams and ideas into a time capsule and planted it with their tulips.
poster November 11, 2010
Tulip gardens are being planted all over the map, so this month we ask, "What are your goals for this year's tulip garden experiment?" Listen in to the goals of your fellow gardeners and set your own goals this year. Polish up on map reading to learn more about geography and climate. Find a gardening partner. Take the microclimate challenge. Then, share planting across the globe!
observe October 7, 2010
Your tulips have arrived and you are about to start digging...but wait! What are these things called bulbs? This month we'll explore the tulip bulb and think about designing experiments to answer questions that begin with these words, "What if..." Look closely at some weather maps to answer this, "What do temperature maps tell us?" We will also peek at a Massachusetts classroom on their planting day. Photo credit: Hepburn-Lycoming Elementary
update 090910 September 9, 2010
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.

Welcome and Orientation
Beginning September 9, Tulip UPDATES will be posted here.

Get 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 maps.