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Tulip Garden Update: September 15, 2000

Today's Report Includes:

Getting to Know You
Anatomy of a Bulb
Your tulip bulbs have arrived and you're about to bury them underground. But before you take your last look, maybe there are some important things you should know about them:
  • Are all the bulbs in the class alike?
  • How might their differences affect their growth rates?
  • What do bulbs look like inside?
  • Where will next spring's leaves and flowers come from?

Your bulbs are the tools you're trusting to gauge spring's arrival. So get to know them before planting. This lesson shows you how to weigh, measure & learn the anatomy of your bulb before planting:

Thanks to the Original Journey North Gardeners!
Special thanks to the 13 "Original Journey North Garden" sites for volunteering to carry on the tradition for another year. Because data are collected at these places year after year, we can compare spring's pace from one year to the next. We thank these schools who are making this possible:

*Pending annual confirmation

Original Site (Lat, Long) Gardeners
Anchorage, Alaska (61.21 N, -149.86 W) Sand Lake Elementary
Boston, Massachusetts (42.36 N, -71.05 W) Joyce Middle School
Hood River, Oregon (45.57 N, -121.65 W) Westside Elementary
Kingwood, Texas (29.75 N, -95.36 W) Hidden Hollow Elementary
Bad Kreuznach, Germany (49.40 N, 7.700 E) Bad Kreuznach Elementary*
Don Mills, Ontario (43.46 N, -79.25 W) Norman Ingram Elementary
Murfreesboro, Tennessee (35.50 N, -86.23 W) McFadden Elementary
Newport-on-Tay, Scotland (56.40 N, -3.00 W) Wormit Primary
Palo Alto, California (37.44 N, -122.14 W) Barron Park Elementary
Pequot Lakes, Minnesota (46.67 N, -94.24 W) Pequot Lakes School
Salt Lake City, Utah (40.77 N -111.92 W) Eastwood Elementary
Utsjoki, Finland (69.90 N, 26.00 E) Utsjoen saamelaislukio
Bowie, Maryland (38.59 N, -76.45 W) Rockledge Elementary

Challenge Question #1
"In what order do you think the 13 Original gardens will bloom next spring? List the 13 sites in order, from 1st to last."

(To respond to this question, please follow the instructions at the end of this report.)

Don't forget to report when you have PLANTED your Journey North Garden

How to Report Your Garden
As soon as you plant your tulip garden, be sure to let us know! In next month's update, we'll be reporting on the many new garden locations and we want to be sure that your garden is included.

Simply press the "owl" button and a Field Data Form will appear. (From the same button, you can also "Go to the Sightings Database" and read comments from all gardeners.)

Fall Tulip Garden Lessons
The following lessons are available for fall activities in your classroom:

National Science Standards and Journey North
We've prepared a rubric to summarize how the International Tulip Study's fall lessons support the standards (U.S.A. only)

How to Respond to Today's Challenge Question:

1. Address an e-mail message to:
2. In the Subject Line of your message write: Challenge Question # 1
3. In the body of the message, answer the Challenge Question.

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on October 13, 2000

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