Re: Plant identification for teenagers
- Subject: Re: [cg] Plant identification for teenagers
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2006 22:10:08 EDT
A first draft idea for r the teenagers....
I. Formal viewing garden:
You take a big blank table, and call it empty lot. Cover it with newsprint.
Mark areas "rocky", "deep shade," "mottled light," full sun. Have them do
the mathematical work to put the space to scale....and work out problems like
water sources, if they need a fence, where the garden shed and tools go.
Then you talk to them about what a public garden is - and how one paints
with perennials. Explain that it's like a department store, or mall window,
except it's plants, and there has to be a progression of color, shape, and
interest for people going through during the season.
You have a botanical garden - take them, and get one of the gardeners
explain, though garden pictures the growing show, the three dimensional staging of
color in a formal garden.
Yes I had a teenager - but all teenagers like to be smart. Have them figure
out, with garden books and descriptions of plant progression during a season,
as to when perenials will be interesting in your area, the keeping up of a
garden show with bulbs, annuals, perennials, annuals, dahlias, foliage, and
then setting it all up again for bulbs. Or how iinteresting grasses and topiary
can look under the snow....
A great deal to think about on an empty piece of paper.
I have always thought of the three seasons of a formal,or even the "show
area" of a community garden, as best described as a kind of firework display in
very, very slow motion....and yes, your guys have to learn their plants and
take gardentours, and create, in a bed in a garden, by planning the placement
of plants, and underplanting the most visual interest.
It's learning plant identification by learning the plant's properties, and
how to use them as characters in the drama of a garden.
II. Food gardening - the same newsprint on a table. Sun, shade, rocks - and
the challenge of growing the most varied, good food, economically, with your
short growing season, with veggies that work for you locally.
Learning about beneficial plants, insects, raised beds, what Organic means.
Learning how to dig a French BioIntensive bed, or a Lasagna gardening bed,
and how to use sun - learning things like how you really shouldn't touch
tomatoes if you've been smokeing.
How basil , tomatoes, and marigolds work together - and other synergistic
A lot to teach, a lot to learn.
Hello All, Here in Winnipeg there is a provincially sponsored make-work
programme for young people called the 'green team'. These young people
are meant to help out in community enviro efforts. But with ferns like
that who needs anemones? Recently they went to our community garden with
the objective of string trimming the verges. Unfortunately they string
trimmed over $1,000 of perennials. In an effort to make lemonade out of
lemons I have offered to do a small workshop for them on plant id. This
is a tough crowd to play to because, being 15-17 years old they are at
the stage where they know everything. For instance they know that there
are 3 kinds of plants, flowers,trees and grasses. Only flowers have
flowers, if trees and grasses had flowers they would be called flowers.
I just want to give these kids a bit of respect for our gardeners
knowledge and to lead them to suspect that there might be more to it
than string trimming everything that does not look like a petunia.Any
ideas? For now I have asked their supervisor to keep them out of the
garden with any mechanical tools. This workshop is scheduled for next
week. Any suggestions at all greatly appreciated. Thanks Karen
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