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Garden Quest

Garden Quest

Illustration of a magnifying glass and the words Garden Quest

Have you ever wondered whether a pumpkin is a fruit or vegetable? Do you know how plants keep warm in the winter, or why leaves change color? Become a botanist and find answers to plant science questions while visiting the Garden and with at-home experiments. Each quest includes a short video, Garden exploration, and at-home activity.

All Garden explorations are self-guided and can be completed by children ages 4 and up with the help of a caregiver during your visit to Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Choose your quest!

Are pumpkins fruits or vegetables?

Garden Exploration: Fruit Check

A fruit is a part of a plant that develops from a flower and holds seeds. On your Garden exploration, use this Fruit Check worksheet along with your observations to figure out if a plant part is a fruit or not.

Fruit Check (PDF)

At-Home Activity: Fruit Science

Follow these links to continue your quest at home and become a plant scientist!

Activity: Dissect a Pumpkin

Recipe: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Why do leaves change color?

Garden Exploration: Leaf Color

Every fall, leaves put on a spectacular show of color. The green color in leaves comes from chlorophyll. Where do the other colors come from? Watch the video to learn about fall color, then use this worksheet to grant awards to the best leaves you can find in the Garden.

Leaf Awards (PDF)

At-Home Activity: Leaf Chromatography

Follow this link to continue your quest at home and conduct experiments!

Activity: See Chlorophyll and Other Leaf Pigments with Chromatography

How do seeds move?

Check back after November 6!

How do plants keep warm in the winter?

Check back after November 20!

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