Special Problems Study

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Sample Student


Proposal:  To study local gardens, and look into the history and development of garden styles, particularly from Europe, and see how they influence what we see and eat.


(3 hours)

Explored Thanksgiving Point gardens.

             One of my favorite gardens to go to!

             Very beautiful flowers, creative planting designs.



(30 minutes)

Watched The Great British Garden Revival on Youtube for 30 minutes.

(Wild Flowers and Front Gardens)

             Over 98% of our wildflower meadows dont exist anymore.  But it is not too late!

             Poor grass is good for growing wildflowers, so the grass doesnt take over.

             The few remaining ancient meadows that still exist in the countryside have taken hundreds of years to evolve.



(1 hour)

Watched The Great British Garden Revival on Youtube for one hour.

(Topiary and Roof Gardens)

             This episode showed the most beautiful topiary garden I have ever seen in Levens Hall.  It was filmed so beautifully as well.

             They have some of the best and oldest topiary in the world.

             Topiaries look so whimsical and I really love them!

             You can make topiary frames to help them grow the way you want, and with much detail!

             It is easier to shape the plant with a frame because you can just cut along the frame instead of eyeballing it.

             Roof gardens look beautiful, make you happy, cool down buildings/the city, and much more!



(5 hours)

Explored Amsterdam gardens

             Noticed many topiary mazes and cool designs in yards and at the Holland windmills.

             Incorporated greenery within the city with plants and trees within the sidewalks and roads, next to the buildings, on building walls, and on boats!

             Formal garden designs

             Also rode bikes in a beautiful park with beautiful plants and big trees




June 23rd

(40 minutes)

             Watched clips from The Great British Garden Revival.  Unfortunately the longer episodes arent available right now.  I really wish they were because from the ones Ive seen I really love them!


June 28, 2015

(1 hour)

             Made Pinterest boards for Chinese gardens, English gardens, French gardens, and Topiary gardens.


July 9, 2015

(1 hour)

             Looked at a garden in Utah.  Saw a cool design where the plants were planted in diagonal lines down the flowerbeds.  There were also designs that were cool shapes that would look cool from above.  There were a lot of colorful foliage plants that were used.


*Decided to focus my study on finding different aspects of gardens.  It is giving me much inspiration for my future garden.


(4 hours, 20 minutes)

Looked for garden inspiration online.  Made many Pinterest boards in a variety of topics. 

             Abundant Garden (vegetable garden inspiration)

             Winter Garden (ways to have structure and beauty in your garden in the winter)

             Enchanting Garden (whimsical and creative ideas)

             Beauty in Everything (flowers, plants, and nature that I love). 


(1 hour, 40 minutes)

Spent time exploring the school gardens

             Some really beautiful plants!

             Cool structures and sculptures

             Nice spots to sit

             Cool water features

             Tried to incorporate inspiration from around the world


July 11, 2015

(1 hour)

             Looked at and watched videos on the Kitchen Gardeners International website

o   On average, food travels 1500 miles form field to fork in the US. WOW.

             Looked at this garden website:  http://chiotsrun.com/page/2/

o   I liked her post called Watching Things Unfold

o   One of the great things about gardening is that its new every year. I know the peonies, hydrangeas, poppies, and other flowers will bloom, but Im always surprised by their intricate beauty when they do. Its like receiving a wonderful gift over and over again.  Each year Im amazed by the beauty of the garden, its like I cant quite remember it in all its beauty. The truth is that a garden is always slightly different each year.

o   Her blog gives me inspiration and hope for the beauty of my future garden.


July 14, 2015

(1 hour, 40 minutes)

Looked more at the garden website, http://chiotsrun.com/page/7/

             Had some really inspiring ideas for vegetable gardens.  They can be beautiful and creative.  She planted 16 different varieties of lettuce in her edible garden, and placed them in a rainbow shape.  It looks really cool with all of the colors lined up!  I definitely want to do that in my garden!

             This time of year Im reminded of why I love gardening so much. It clears the mind, it fills the heart, it restores the spirit.

             I looked at her blog throughout a bunch of the seasons.  She gives me great inspiration!


July 15, 2015

(40 minutes)

Looked at different garden blogs for inspiration.


July 17, 2015

(3 hours)

Added to Pinterest boards

             Got a lot of inspiration for my future vegetable garden

             Potagers are ornamental kitchen gardens, they add beautiful designs to your vegetable planting

             I want to add flowers and plants among my vegetable garden to add more beauty.

             Found this really cool website called http://www.shopterrain.com.  It has lovely garden, outdoor, and home decorations.  I definitely want to remember this website so I can order beautiful tools (watering cans, plant misters, ect.  I just love everything on this website!!


July 18, 2015

(1 hour, 20 minutes)

Looked at the shopterrain blog for new garden ideas.

             Found this idea for transferring flower designs onto paper.  It is a very beautiful idea, which I definitely want to try!  Here is the link:


             Got many decoration ideas for parties using plants!

July 19, 2015

(2 hours, 10 minutes)

Look through Terrains Pinterest boards.  So much INSPIRATION!


July 20, 2015

(2 hours)

Steves Seed Starting Tips

1. Do fertilize (but not until your seeds have sprouted).

2. If you are growing in a tray, rotate the tray 180 degrees each day to prevent the plants from stretching too far towards the sunlight.

3. Resist the temptation to go out and plant your sprouts directly in the soil after the last frost. It's better to transition them outdoors over the course of 1-2 weeks, placing them outside in their tray for more time each day; this helps the young plants adapt to the change in sunlight and temperature.

             Looked through shopterrains blog

             Watched videos on P. Allen Smiths YouTube channel


Total time spent on project:   31 hours 30 minutes