ABSTRACT

Planting the Wild Garden brings together lyrical language full of fun sound effects and soft, lush pencil-and-watercolor illustrations to share the many ways seeds are spread and planted. From wind and water to birds, squirrels, and even people, we all play a role in the dispersal of seeds throughout our landscape, planting the wild garden together. Students learn that wind, water, and animals can transport seeds to new places and when a seed sprouts far from its parent plant, it may have a better chance of developing into a healthy plant. Students also create a visual model that highlights the role animals play in dispersing seeds. Students learn that wind, water, and animals, including humans, help some seeds grow into healthy plants by carrying them to new places where they won’t have to compete with their “parents” for resources.