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Science in the Garden

Discover plant reproduction in gymnosperms and angiosperms. Travel "behind the scenes" to our research and production greenhouses to learn how our horticulturists propagate plants.

Pre- and Post-Activities for Multiplying Plants

Next Generation Science Standards

Standard: HS-LS3. Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

  • HS-LS3-1 Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
  • HS-LS3-2 Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. 
  • HS-LS3-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in population.

Standard: HS-LS4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • HS-LS4-2 Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
  • HS-LS4-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.