Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

 

It's time to start PlantWatching!

All across Canada volunteers are getting ready to start monitoring spring blooming plants. The PlantWatch program enables "citizen scientists" to get involved with climate change monitoring by recording flowering times for selected plant species and reporting these dates to researchers through the Internet or by mail.

There are 16 spring plants that we watch in Nova Scotia ranging from Red Maples to Dandelions. It’s easy to get started and you can either watch all of the species or just one or two.

When do you think the Red Maples will start to bloom this year? Last year, our first report of Red Maple in bloom was from Yarmouth on April 29th. If you want to get involved go to the website plantwatch.ca and sign yourself up as an observer. If you’re not online stop by the Gardens and we’ll help you get started.