Unit Culminating Project
Students will use all the knowledge they have gained to design specialty gardens. Divide them into groups and assign one group a section for culinary herbs, one for herbs used to make teas, a moon garden and a section for vegetables.
Plans should include how the group would meet the plants’ lighting, soil, water and food needs, as well as how they would arrange the plants to provide the appropriate spacing while presenting a visually appealing garden. One component of the plan should be a scale model drawing of the garden’s layout; another would be a supplies list detailing the amount needed for each, based on the assigned size of the space and the specific plants they would include.
Students should also include suggestions for the use of the plants. They might also research historical or public gardens of the same type.
If the school has the land available, allow students to implement their plans by planting their gardens. To facilitate this, each group should send a representative to a committee that will determine how to tie the different gardens together.
Following this thematic unit on plants, your students will have knowledge for a lifelong hobby.