Category Archives: Garden Learning

Reflections

So Many Names for the Garden

The garden can have a lot of names. There is the name that is given to the location by the people who created it or take care of it. The wild garden that I visit is called the Eloise Butler … Continue reading

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Flowers and Bees and Honey

It is summer and the garden is wild with flowers and green plants. The spring rains have made a big difference but we need more than just sun and rain. We need some friends to help our plants along the … Continue reading

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Looking closely – changes in the garden

Close observation is one of the skills we use as scientists, naturalists, artists and writers. If you think about it close observation helps with lots of things.  It is one of the ways we learn about the world around us. … Continue reading

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What is a plant library? Compare and Contrast

What is a plant library? We are all familiar with our public or school library. They are these great quiet places where we go to learn, research, read and check out books. Have you ever thought about a plant library? … Continue reading

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Variations

After looking so closely at our drawings of leaves I started looking at trees not just leaves and noticed that there are lots of things that are the same and different.  I noticed that there are many varieties of evergreen … Continue reading

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New Beginnings

Thank you to all of you who have continued to stop by and see what is happening at Garden Learning. I returned to classroom teaching this year and very quickly fell behind on my writing.  As summer approaches I am … Continue reading

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Snow and No Snow – a compare and contrast spring

The first visit to the Eloise Butler Wildflower garden this year was a bit different from last year.   The garden is in full bloom compared to the same time last April.   Last year the garden was still closed … Continue reading

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Is a Bog the Same as a Swamp?

I know that a swamp and a bog have lots of water, green plants and you really can’t walk in them.  Well, unless you are someplace like Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis where the quacking bog has a floating walkway. … Continue reading

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Our flowers have genes?

The garden has now moved past the early spring flowers. Those flowers are long gone and there are large green leaves and new flowers everywhere. This new group of flowers have characteristics that tell them to bloom in late May … Continue reading

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When did summer come to the garden?

Summer has arrived and the garden has changed from the early April days when it was full of snow.   The flowers are changing weekly and even the small and not so small critters are out and about. (Last week I … Continue reading

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