Starting Plants with Seeds

by  Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

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Why do some plants need to be started earlier indoors while others can be planted directly in the soil? Not all seeds are created equal; whether they are wild or from cultivated plants, some require cold temperatures, water, light, scarring or heat in order to start the germination process.  The soil and planting depth also influences whether or not it will germinate.  We'll review the basics of seeds and germination while exploring different planting methods. We will answer your questions while demonstrating techniques including how to make seed tapes.  This program was created initially for teachers, but it can be adapted for classes. 

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About This Program


Point to Point: $150.00

Fee: Regular price: $150
Canadian schools and groups will pay in Canadian dollars (CAD).
American and other international schools and groups will pay in US dollars (USD)
* HST/GST will be added for CDN schools where applicable.
* International (including US) and Indigenous schools are tax exempt.
Invoices are emailed out at the end of the month that the program happens. If you need it sooner, please let the provider know.
Payment: Cheque/ check, credit card or e-transfer


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod After school clubs Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff Various clubs such as Guides or Scouts

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Primary Disciplines

Health/Physical Education, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs can be cancelled with at least 48 hours notice unless the cancellation is due to inclement weather.

About This Provider

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Royal Botanical Gardens (Canada)

Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Royal Botanical Gardens is a living museum which serves local, regional and global communities while developing and promoting public understanding of the relationship between the plant world, humanity and the rest of nature.

Education at Royal Botanical Gardens encourages environmental stewardship by providing meaningful and diverse learning experiences that connect people with the wild and cultivated plant world. 
With over 15 years experience delivering engaging interactive videoconferencing programs, we offer topics that explore biodiversity, conservation, botany, plant ecology and the environment. Whether you are looking for an insect program; a program exploring wetlands, their functions and human impacts or you want to discover more about a delicious chocolate treat; we have a wide variety of plant-based programs to support and enhance your classroom needs or stimulate and entertain older adults. 
No matter where you are, your group can interact with our educators and scientists.

Karin Davidson-Taylor
905-527-1158 x249

Program Details


1. Discuss the type of garden that they have and what they want to plant.
2. Brief review of what a seed is and how seeds are different.
3. What is germination and what influences it?
4. Planting techniques - hands on activity; material list provided upon program request
5. Making a seed tape and/or origami plant pot.
6. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


The participant will...
- review what makes up a seed and compare different seeds
- engage in a discussion about germination
- develop an appreciation for the variety of planting techniques
- create a seed tape and/or origami plant pot

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS1B 3-5 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS1B 6-8 -- Growth and development of organismsNational Science Standards
All grades:
A1: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry;
A2: Understanding about scientific inquiry;
E3: Understanding about science and technology;
G1: Science as a human endeavour.
NS.K-4.3: Life Science:
C1: Characteristics of organisms;
C2: Life cycles of living things;
C3: Organisms and their environments;
F4: Changes in environments.
NS.5-8.3: Life Science:
C1: Structure and function of living systems;
C2: Reproduction and heredity;
C4: Populations and ecosystems;
C5: Diversity and adaptations of organisms;
NS.9-12.3: Life Science:
C4: Interdependence of organisms;
C6: The Behaviour of Organisms.