Update: April 9, 2009   
Welcome to the Journey North Tulip Garden Study!

Students express the beauty of a tulip flower with a few simple materials and time to explore.
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Maps and Highlights

It is surely spring when you report snow, sleet, and blooming tulips happening all together! Spring has arrived in fits and starts again, with more snow across the continental mid-section this week. Somehow, despite some poor weather conditions, the tulip gardens continue to emerge, grow, and bloom. Will your tulip gardens be blooming during spring break?

Examine your blooming tulips closely this week and take an artistic journey in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe.

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  • This Week's Map Questions (Handout)


"Finally, under the winter leaf cover, we have found the first 7 (of 25) of our tulips poking through the cold ground about 2 -5 cm. There is still snow on one side of the bed." Lunenburg, NS 04/02/09

"After a week of warm spring weather, winter came back with snow and mid day temperatures in the mid 30's. Our tulips have bloomed within the safety of their 5-6 inch leaves.The petals are a bit frayed and twisted but the children were delighted" Gardnerville, NV 04/06/09

"Here in Kansas we had a warm front followed by a cold front, which resulted in cold temperatures and some snow. Before the snow, our tulips had a lovely green color, but after the snow melted and they had suffered some cold weather they are dotted with brown and have some holes and ragged edges." Fort Leavenworth, KS 04/03/09
Focus: Art and the Unexpected Beauty of Spring

"Nobody sees a flower, really--it is so small--we haven't time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

Take an artistic journey using clues from Georgia O'Keeffe's art. Read the lesson, Focusing with O'Keeffe on the Details (>>), then gather your blooming tulips, or tulip pictures, paper, and chalk. Use this technique to focus and capture the beauty of a tulip flower, or any other wonder of spring.

  • Art Lesson >>
  • Art from Judy Huter's classroom >>

Judy Huter's Classroom Art
Checking In : Spring Along the 45 Degree Line

Minnesota 45 Degrees Garden Emerges!
Northport Elementary checks in this week with news of spring. "Finally our 45N tulips have emerged!"
Amazing news, considering the next information they share is, "After some snow over the weekend, the weather today is 37 degrees and sunny."

Here's their journal question for you:

Could our location in the middle of the continent have anything to do the late arrival?

  • Updated details: Gardens on the 45 >>

All but 1 of the 45 Degree gardens have emerged >> When will we see green in MI? Your prediction?
Ask the Tulip Expert Deadline April 10

This is the final week for submitting your questions to our Tulip Expert, Eve Blanchard. Remember; send questions that only an expert can answer. Your questions will be answered and posted on April 24.

  • How to: Ask the Tulip Expert >>
Related Journey North Lessons and Links
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Tulip FAQs and Ask the Expert Questions and Answers >>
  • More Art:
    • Tulips and Georgia O'Keeffe >>
    • Cook School O'Keeffe Art >>
  • Slideshow: Tulip Bulbs: A Survival Tale >>
  • Chart: How Does Your Garden Grow? >>
  • Tulip Garden Journals (click-and-print) >>

Please report:
1. Tulips PLANTED
2. Tulips EMERGED
3. Tulips BLOOMING

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More Journey North Lessons and Teaching Ideas!

The Next Tulip Garden Update Will Be Posted on April 16, 2009.