We received a great thank-you note from local Willamette High School teacher, David Novak, who has been using flowers from Dandelions to teach the students in his botany science class about the anatomy of flowers. We love hearing that our customers enjoy our flowers, and we love finding out about the different ways they are used. It’s great to hear how students are getting exposed to flowers in this educational way, and learning to appreciate even more this incredible part of nature.
Here’s some of what David wrote to us:
The flowers I get from you, even those that are too "ripe to sell", the are perfect for us and add greatly to our learning of the fundamental tissues and organs of plants and are great motivators for learning! Nothing beats getting actual flowers into students hands when learning about all the structures!! What do I do with them?? I have included some shots to help you understand. In particular, I have students draw them, both as the flowers come to us and after we bisect them lengthwise. We examine the parts using microscopes to view all the parts (ovary, ovules, pistils, etc.) which are often hard to see with the unaided eye. We answer questions about the flowers (e.g., compare the length of the pistil in one flower to another and suggest reasons for the different in length). There are also a few experiments we like to try with the flowers, if we get enough. The mums we used this week and alstroemeria were perfect. THANKS for all your effort and generosity!!