Category Archives: Botany

All in the Family: Propagating a unique variety of Colorado Blue Spruce from cuttings

My father-in-law is a long time wholesale nursery owner in Oregon.  He learned the trade from his nurseryman uncle, who also inspired the Waconda Blue, a variety of the Colorado blue…

Hunting the Hawk(weed)

Upon purchasing our land, our terra-knowledgeable neighbor informed us that he has Hieracium aurantiacum, aka Orange Hawkweed, growing on his property so it’s likely we do as well.  Not knowing…

One Species, Many Vegetables – An Introduction to Artificial Selection

Brassica oleracea – An introduction to artificial selection Subject area: Biological Science – 6-8th grade Season: Best in early fall when Brussels sprouts attached to stem would be available and…

How are Seeds Dispersed in Alaska?

A Lesson Plant for Gardening in the Classrooms of Alaska, By Mylinda A. Klein, an Alaskan Master Gardener  Snap Beans. Photo by Heidi Rader.   Subject Area: Science Grade Level:…

“Handy” Parts of a Plant

A Lesson Plan for Gardening in Classrooms in Alaska, by Cheryl Illg, an Alaskan Master Gardener   Subject Area: Writing/Reading/Science Appropriate Grade Level: Grade 2 Ideal season for lesson: Spring…