Stories from Scary Mary’s Garden

This Mother’s Day I recommend that you DO NOT give your mom a bouquet from THIS garden!

Scary Mary, from my book, “Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch on” has inspired a few new breeds of plants…but be careful, some of them bite.

This week, to honour spring we ‘grew’ a few new stories of our own. First we read “Scary Mary’s Garden Tour”, then we watched some videos about real life plants, ones that eat…um there is no nice way to say this…meat. Then we watched one about some of the most beautiful flowers in the world for contrast.

After this, we drew or modelled plants of our own creation. They had to have a head, a body and roots, with at least 3 human characteristics. We named them and then wrote short stories about them. Where did we find them? What did they look like? Were they poisonous? What could they be used for? What was unique about them?

One young horticulturist grew a “Do-nut-touch-me Plant”. It looks sweet, but do not try to pick it!

I grew a Cat-a-pult-a-killicus Plant. If you try to dig it up, it will scratch you with its claw-like roots. It has a blue tail and uses it to flick or catapult flies into its cat like flower face. Once on the cat’s whiskers, these flies don’t stand a chance. Like the victims of the Pitcher Plant, they slide down into sticky goo and well…I’ll leave the rest to your imagination.

Try inventing your own plant. Scary Mary has plenty of room in her garden for more flowers.

To view a reading of “Scary Mary’s Garden Tour” visit:

https://www.artistsrenderingtales.com/artci-educational-videos

Hope you all sow some seeds of creativity this week!

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