You’ve probably heard the term “wildflowers.” But what is it that makes a flower “wild”? And what exactly goes on in a “wildflower” garden? In this lesson, you will design a wildflower garden.
Go to Spring Wildflower Walk to take a virtual nature walk where you will learn about some spring wildflowers. Think about the answers to these questions as you read the article:
- What is the most unusual wildflower that you read about?
- What are some of the common names of the flowers and what do the names mean?
Now you are ready to learn more about what it takes to make a great wildflower garden. Begin by reading Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions and look for answers to these questions:
- What is an annual flower?
- What is a perennial flower?
- What is a biennial flower?
- What is a wildflower?
Using the Designing a Wildflower Garden student sheet your teacher has given you, begin to design your garden. You can use these sites to help you answer the questions on your student sheet:
- Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions
- Wildflowers in Bloom has a database that you can use to pick wildflowers for your garden
- Wildflower Fever!
You should now be able to better understand that when designing something it is important to take constraints into account and that in agriculture (gardening), as in all technologies, there are always trade-offs to be made. You should also understand nature’s role in both the natural and planned wildflower gardens. (Wildflowers have not been genetically altered, thus nature greatly influences the success of their survival). Now refer back to question 8 on the Wildflower Garden student sheet, which discusses adverse weather conditions, Question 2 regarding soil conditions, and Question 3 regarding necessities for successful plant growing in garden soil.
This esheet is a part of the Wildflower Garden lesson.