Update: March 22, 2012
Please Report
Your Sightings!
Report Your Sightings
How does your garden grow? Get outside to observe and record this week. Conservationist Rachel Carson once said, "It is not half as important to know as to FEEL when experiencing the natural world." Get your questions ready for our Expert, Mary Meyer. Ask the Expert opens this Friday!

This Week's Update Includes:

Image of the Week
Credit: Melissa Ansiel
Capturing Spring
Explore: Creative Expression — Outside in Nature
Conservationist Rachel Carson once said, "It is not half as important to know as to FEEL when experiencing the natural world." In celebration of spring and warm temperatures, spend some time outside exploring with your senses.

Go on out and capture your tulip garden and other signs of the season with drawings, paintings, and poetry.

flowers in the landscape by Monet
Claude Monet: Poppies Blooming
News: Garden Highlights
It is officially spring! Gardens are emerging and blooming this year with great welcome. Still waiting for your tulips to emerge? Check the map and enjoy the reports of other gardens across the Northern Hemisphere. blooming in Michigan
Blooming in Michigan
Gallery: Recording a Season in the Test Garden
How does your test garden grow? Each week of the spring brings new discoveries outside in the garden. Visit a garden in Pella, Iowa, as they capture a season in their Test Garden.

Test Gardens: Maps and Journal Page
Wondering why some squares never change from brown? Could be "Hungry Squirrels!"

On March 17, students in Johnstown, Pennsylvania disappointedly wrote, "We are on the hunt for a very overweight squirrel. This rodent has eaten every single one of our 50 bulbs. We did follow the protocol of straw and then chicken wire to cover our bulbs. We checked a few weeks ago because we have had unusual warm weather. All we discovered was a bunch of holes where our tulips should have been and runways between holes."

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North America
(map | animation | sightings)
(map | animation | sightings)
Observe and Wonder: Then Ask the Expert
Observe and Wonder
These pictures of tulips show lots of different things. We hope they'll spark your curiosity. Take a look and have a brainstorm! Challenge yourself to ask at least two questions about each picture. Capture your questions and starting Friday, March 26 submit your favorites to our Tulip Garden Expert Mary Meyer.

Ask the Expert
Special thanks to Mary Meyer for sharing her time and expertise to answer your questions! Beginning Friday, March 25, you will have two weeks to prepare and submit your questions to Mary Meyer.

Ask the Expert Will be Open
March 23 - April 6, 2012.

Come Back for the next Test Garden update March 29, 2012.