Pedagogy of the Plants

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Displaced Pairing

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The small dendritic heap’s former home was a sandy path winding through pirate, French Huguenot, and Confederate soldier graves in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

In our classroom, kids can’t resist the urge to touch and squeeze succulent leaves.  Now and then I’ll get a worried glance from a curious student who accidentally bumped leaf from stem, but the experience becomes favorably memorable when they discover a displaced life slowly taking root from a harmless accident.

Click here for more posts featuring Spanish moss and other peculiar epiphytes.

Written by Cameron Brooks

June 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Mica, Moss, Tiny Ghosts, and Ground Lava

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The second batch of terrariums is small but curious.  Bottom-up, the layers include stones from the South Fork River near Watson Mill State Park, activated charcoal (to absorb toxins, filter air and water, and stem the growth of mold/mildew), Pacific Northwest sphagnum moss, soil from the backyard, and Hawaiian black sand. The moss was harvested from rock outcrops near Watson Mill.

According to gastateparks.org, “Watson Mill State Park contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River. Built in 1885 by Washington (W.W.) King, son of freed slave and famous covered-bridge builder Horace King, the bridge is supported by a town lattice truss system held firmly together with wooden pins.  At one time, Georgia had more than 200 covered bridges; today, less than 20 remain.”

Students love touching the resident succulents in the window, so there’s never a shortage of ghost and jade bits sprouting desperate stolons seeking water.

The shard of mica was pulled from a red clay hillside in Winterville.

Written by Cameron Brooks

February 11, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Stonecrop Hijacks Millenium Falcon!

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Trailing Ice Plant Flower, Delosperma cooperi

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Written by Cameron Brooks

July 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Ghosts of Summer

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This ghost plant’s had many lives.   Continue reading about the succulent specter…

Baseball and Succulents

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My grandfather was the greatest baseball fan ever, and played minor league ball in Detroit during the Depression.  U.S. Rubber offered him a job because they wanted him to play for their company team.  The male cousins were expected to become professional golfers or baseball players.  He signed me up for private golf lessons in High Point, North Carolina, and I played little league for Tangi Finance in Ponchatoula, Louisiana.   More paternal tales and a DIY succulent planter…

Written by Cameron Brooks

May 28, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Aloe vera

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Our classroom aloe introduces medicinal plants.  “The Medicine Plant,” as they call it, saves many a trip to the clinic for minor scrapes. The cool, curious gel from a plant in the window cures instantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Cameron Brooks

January 21, 2011 at 11:38 pm