AP Biology garden springs to life


Senior Natalie Mann fills a garden bed with soil.

Advanced Placement Biology students are preparing to place plants in the garden beds constructed by Natalie Mann for her Senior Project.

 “I think it is going to be nice to have a place to put the plants we grow in the classroom,” biology teacher Angela Feldbush said. “The ability to watch the plants grow is a nice addition to the curriculum.”

 Senior Mary-Elizabeth Jobson sees additional applications for the garden beds.s

 “[We’re growing] plants that are good for butterflies, so certain flowering ones like milkweed,” she said. “When we do the butterfly project in biology, [Mrs. Feldbush] wants to let them go after we’re done growing them so then they can go and live and not die out in the wild.”

 Senior Sarah Arends is excited to actually grow plants rather than just read about them.

 “I love it because we never get to grow plants at school — we maybe did it once in middle school,” she said. “I think it’s cool to do it on an advanced biology class because we’re going to do more things with them, like I think we’re crossbreeding them.”

 Senior Talin Handa agrees that this is a valuable experience.

 “It is a good idea for a biology class because near the end we always do experiments with plants and it gives us more room to expand and grow plants,” he said.

 Senior Taylor Irwin said it will be a good experience for next year’s classes.

“I like the garden,” she said. “I think it’s a really cool idea since we do a plant unit and right now we’re growing some plants to hopefully plant in it some day so it will be cool to see the progress. I think it would be good, especially for next year so they can have it throughout the year and it will supplement the learning experience rather than just reading about plants in the textbook.”

Roar staff