Hi there, it’s Ken Bolt from Brant Florist and a few year ago now, I was asked to give a short presentation to a grade-school class about flowers. The teacher wanted me to tell the kids about some of the history of flowers and include some science in the mix. Since this was a third grade class, it couldn’t be too technical, so I put together a short list of flower facts and then figured I could wing it with some anecdotes or questions and answers from the kids.
Turns out, most of my list of facts never got used since the questions were immediate and often humorous.
My first fun flower fact was that dandelions are not actually weeds, but are actually edible and have a lot of nutrition. For the curious, though I didn’t bring this up, dandelion leaves contain vitamins A and C as well as iron, calcium and potassium. What the kids wanted to know, of course, was what they taste like and whether or not I eat them. I told them about how we’ve often picked them out of the lawn and put the leaves on salad and that back in the old days when I was their age, people used to crush dandelions to extract the juice to make dandelion wine. This, of course, was a big hit.
I figured that since the action was getting rowdy, I may as well go with that and skipped over to some facts about meat-eating flora. I mentioned the Venus Fly Trap and that it eats insects by catching them in its “flower” and then slowly digesting them with digestive juices similar to those in our own stomachs. This elicited a lot of “gross” and “eww” and similar reactions. I showed the kids how to “make” a Venus Fly Trap with their fists. Some of the more enterprising the buzzed around with their finger while the others tried to “catch” them. Ahh, to be 8 again.
I’d brought a huge sack of daisies with long stems with me and figured now was as good a time as any to show them how to weave a headband or necklace out of them. This basically finished off the presentation as I helped the kids make a total mess of the classroom.
It was a lot of fun. I think I’d like to do this more often.
Until next time,