The following is information regarding a worthy citizen science project being undertaken by the people at Journey North. I’m proposing to the board that we add this project to Loving Garland Green’s list of citizen science projects. I would like to adopt a classroom of students from one of our local Garland schools to steward this project with us.
We could either bring the garden to them or we could have them come to the Garland Community Garden and plant the tulips there.
Gardeners should plant tulips when the weather cools and leaves start to drop from trees. Most suggest the best time to get tulips into the ground is when nighttime temperatures drop under 50 degrees F. American Meadows suggests that planting should coincide with the first frosts in the area.
Any planting should take place around the time of the first frost, which occurs as early as the second week of October in north Texas and as late as mid-December in south Texas.
Tracking Change in Seasons and Climate Around the Globe
Each fall, people across the Northern Hemisphere plant Red Emperor tulip bulbs in Journey North Test Gardens to help monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. In the spring, when the plants emerge and bloom, test gardeners report their data to the maps. One garden at a time, the relationship between climate, geography and the greening of spring is revealed.
Local climate affects where, when, and how plants grow. Over time, the timing of plant growth can be used as an indicator of climate change. Everyone who participates in this international tulip test garden project contributes valuable information to a long-term database.
This fall, plant your own Journey North Tulip Test Garden so you can proclaim the greening of spring from your part of the world. Follow news updates and explore the maps to predict when tulip plants will emerge in your hometown.
As a scientific experiment, all Journey North gardens must be planted with NEW Red Emperor tulip bulbs. Try purchasing bulbs in your community. If these tulips are unavailable locally, we can purchase through a supplier.
Bulb Supplier Information
PARTICIPATION REQUIRES ONLY A FEW STEPS
1. BEFORE PLANTING
- REGISTER for Journey North
Registration is free.
- ORDER Tulip Bulbs
Purchase new Red Emperor Tulip bulbs each year. Some discounts apply.
- EXPLORE Fall Lessons
Plan pre-planting inquiry-based activities.
2. PLANT YOUR TULIPS
3. REPORT TO PLANTING DATES TO JOURNEY NORTH
- REPORT to Journey North
After planting, report your garden to Journey North.
- SEE YOUR GARDEN on the map.
When you report, your garden appears on the map!
4. IN THE SPRING, REPORT TO JOURNEY NORTH TWICE:
1) When your tulips emerge
2) When your tulips bloom