Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Our campus gardens

"There is a great insight which our culture is deliberately designed to suppress, distort, and ignore: that Nature is a minded entity; that Nature is not simply the random flight of atoms through electromagnetic fields; that Nature is not the empty, despiritualized lumpen matter that we inherit from modern physics. But it is instead a kind of intelligence, a kind of mind."
Terence McKenna

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A few of many greenhouses on campus, and viburnum bushes

I stopped by my university’s horticulture gardens after work yesterday to see what’s coming up. Lots of things, including peonies and allium.

Peony (a la Georgia)

Allium, with peonies behind

Today Don has his 4th grade class at the MSU greenhouses all day! The program, “Seeds of Science” is an interactive chance for kids to learn about plant biology. Also, and what’s most fun if you ask me, is that the MSU horticulture and agriculture departments solicit kids’ feedback on their plants!

For example, below are just two of dozens of pansy varieties grown here. Students are asked which their favorites are. (These are mine.) Then the seed companies that use MSU’s horticulture department to test and develop seeds in turn market them as “kids’ favorite.”


Don’s class is participating in “my favorite lettuce” meaning that the lettuces the kids think taste the best will be marketed that way.

How fun is that? I wish I’d had Mr. M. for science.


Rauf said...

How delightful Ruth ! so nice to see them at the beginning of the day. Flowers do have a function, and they also need keen eyes like yours Ruth. They have reached me, thousands of miles away, and brightened up my day. perhaps one day fragrance too will reach me, I may not be alive to enjoy it.

Ginnie said...

So that's what that middle flower is: allium! We saw it in Salzburg last year and had no clue.

Truth be known, I wish I had had Don for just about everything! I'd never have wanted to graduate :)

Ruth said...

Rauf, I'm very glad the flowers' beauty brightened your day. Such good energy.

Ruth said...

Ginnie, I think allium is related to chives also. Yes, aren't Don's students so fortunate.

Don said...

Ruth and Ginnie, you are too kind. I'm sure my students are ready for summer! Today I gave them a "pop" essay quiz. They banded together and declared today as "we don't "heart" Mr. M day. Poor babies, poor me.

Ruth said...

Hahahaha! so funny. But you know, Don, that your students in this year's class are very emotive. Recall: "Doom on you!"

lesleyanne said...

me too me too. pappa for a teacher.
even a pop quiz from Mr. Mowry is way cooler than from anyone else.

i love the shadows on the pansies. mmm...i miss the farm.

Ruth said...

Daughter, the farm misses you, my sweet pansy. I'm glad you have some green parks.