It is finally SUMMER! The time of year in which the outdoors is calling our name! One of the first things people start to do when it gets sunny and warm outside is tend to their gardens. Gardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. You can plant all sorts of things: flowers, vegetables, fruits and even trees! While gardening may be easy, learning about plants and their inner workings can actually be very complex. However, it is important to understand how plants work to ensure that our gardens are successful. We can learn so much from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Dr. Harriet Barclay! She is one of Oklahoma’s most notable botanists. She gained several degrees and would go on to focus on botany while at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Barclay’s collection of more than 35,000 plants and 6,000 varieties included many previously unknown plants. Most have incorporated “Barclay” into their scientific names, except one South American variety called “Senecio Harrietae.” Dr. Barclay’s legacy comes from her love of plants and her community. You can learn more by reading Harriet Barclay’s Oklahoma Hall of Game biography.

Supplies! Here are all the materials needed to do today’s activities.

  • 2-Liter Bottle
  • Potting Soil
  • Sand
  • Sponge
  • Seeds
  • Solo Cups
  • Water
  • Aluminum Sheet Pan

Watch This! These videos will help you better understand how plants are born and how they grow into all the vegetables, fruits, flowers, and trees we see.

Test It Out! Time to put on our thinking caps. We will be putting together an experiment today to test everything we have learned today. Be sure to fasten your thinking caps and follow along as we test our knowledge of plants!


Show Time! People are not the only ones who often enjoy the fruits of a gardener’s labor. In Peter Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and his furry friends take over a local garden until a new neighbor moves in. Follow along in Peter Rabbit’s adventures in and out of the garden.

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Read This! Gardening is a great activity to do with your family, friends, and community. Read about this community that comes together to work on their community garden. Don’t forget you can also look for this book at your closest public library!