Xeriscape + Botantical Drawing

Our junior high has an enrichment afternoon called Tech Thursday, much like the elementary’s University of Wednesday.  Marisa and I just completed two sessions on xeriscape and botantical drawing.  First, I explained the principles of xeriscape (drought-tolerant landscaping) and talked about our plans to have students help us plant a “demonstration garden” on the slope edging the school garden.

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Then I introduced a handful of “rockstar” plants.  I gave a little natural history and botany for each.

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Mouthing off about ceanothus, deer grass and salvia

Then, to help students really look at the plants, Marisa took over and talked about the art of botanical drawing.

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Students then began to sketch.  Our hope is that they learned a bit about this style of drawing.  We also hope that they have learned a few plant ID’s, having looked so carefully at the plants.

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Two particularly great examples:IMG_5324IMG_5299

Last step!  Kids in the after school Club Live program putting them in the ground…in the drizzle! photo

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