Botany Study

I recently put together a botany study for my boys.  We are using a handful of books, a few DVDs, lots of Youtube videos, and plenty of time in the dirt.  Everything is listed chronologically in the order we plan to do them.  I realize the outline format listed below isn’t consistent, but if you are looking for resources it should give you an idea of what is covered and when it is covered in the study.  This study will probably take at least 2 months to complete.  We are going through this botany study in the spring and early summer.

Read Introduction pg 6-9 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons

Plant Anatomy

Read George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life by Elizabeth MacLeod pg 4-9

Plant Physiology

Read George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life by Elizabeth MacLeod pg 10-15

Plant Reproduction

Read George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life by Elizabeth MacLeod pg 16-21
Read George Washington Carver: An Innovative Life by Elizabeth MacLeod pg 22-29


Kingdom Protista

Kingdom Fungi

Kingdom Plantae

 Non-Vascular Land Plants (bryophytes)

Private Life of Plants Video – Seed Travelling

Vascular Land Plants (tracheophytes)

Seed Plants (spermatophytes)


Beech Tree
Apple Tree


Olive Tree
·         Growing carnation from seed after watching
·         Draw carnation flower
·         Carnation experiment
      1. Rose
·         Rose cuttings
·         Types of roses
·         Start cuttings from roses
      1. Clover
·         Clover lawn and honeybees
·         Benefits of eating clover
·         Sprout clover seeds to eat
·         How to find 4 leaf clover
·         Search for 4 leaf clover
      1. Alfalfa
·         Grazing alfalfa
·         Chopping alfalfa crop
·         Alfalfa planting
      1. Daisy
·         Time lapse bloom
·         How to find daisy seeds
·         Harvest and plant Daisy seeds
      1. Cacti
·         Different types of cacti
·         How to grow a cactus plant
·         Buy a small cactus plant and replant it in a larger pot.
      1. Sweet Potato
Sprout a sweet potato
·         Plant when lots of leaves and roots appear.
·         Sprout a sweet potato
·         Sprouted sweet potato
·         Put 3-4 toothpicks in a sweet potato and rest it in a glass of water.  Put in a warm and dark place until roots appear and then move to sunny place.
·         Cut 1 foot long slips and root them in water
·         Plant the slips with roots in the ground.
Project – Visit gardens and take pictures of different plants and write down their names.
      1. Read Monocotyledons pg 68-69 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons
      2. Banana tree
        1. Growing bananas show (4 parts)
      3. Bamboo
        1. Bamboo forest
        2. Types of long bamboo
        3. Types of short bamboo
        4. Bamboo dome
        5. Bamboo bike
      4. Orchids
        1. Orchid care
        2. Pictures of different orchids
      5. Irises
        1. Different irises
        2. How to plant iris
        3. Iris blooming time lapse
        4. Origami iris
      6. Agaves
        1. Getting nectar from the agave plant
        2. Harvesting agave plant
      7. Onions
        1. Planting onion bulbs
        2. Growing onions
        3. Plant sprouting onions from kitchen
      8. Gladiolus
        1. Gladiolus overview
        2. How to care for them
      9. Asparagus
        1. Asparagus time lapse
        2. How to grow them
        3. Make and eat lemon roasted asparagus
      10. Yucca
        1. Prune a  yucca plant
        2. Caring for yucca plants
        3. Prune and transplant Yucca plants outside
      11. Coconut tree
        1. Harvesting coconuts
        2. Coconut extraction machine
        3. How to crack open a coconut
        4. Crack open a coconut and try the coconut water and meat
      12. Go on a hike and collect flowering plants and determine if they are monocots or dicots
Project:  Compile pictures of plants.  Look up their scientific names and write them down.
Edible Wild Plants
      1. Morel mushroom
        1. How to find moral mushrooms
        2. Preparing moral mushrooms
      2. Blackberries
        1. Picking wild blackberries
        2. Eating wild blackberries
      3. Pine nuts
        1. Harvesting pine nuts and other edibles from the pine tree
        2. Try pine needle tea and attempt to find a cone and get pine nuts out.
      4. Wild chestnuts
        1. Finding and preparing wild chestnuts
        2. Roast a few chestnuts and eat them
Project:  Sort pictures of plants according to their classification
Medicinal Plants
      1. Read Medicinal Plants pg 84-85 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons
      2. Chamomile
b.      How to harvest it
c.       How to use it as a remedy
      1. Willow bark
a.       How to harvest and use
      1. Nettles
        1. Hair loss prevention demonstration
Aromatic Plants
      1. Read Aromatic Plants pg 86-87 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons
      1. Labiates family: Common mint
        1. How to grow and use mint
      1. Labiates family: Lavender
        1. Varieties of lavender
      2. Labiates family: Basil
        1. Plant basil in pot with pruned cutting from grocery store
        2. Using basil
      1. Ubellifers family: Wild chervil
        1. Identification of wild chervil
      1. Ubellifers family: Anise
        1. Describing anise
      2. Ubellifers family: Carrot
        1. How to grow carrots
        2. Farmer harvesting carrots
      3. Ubellifers family: Cilantro
        1. Growing cilantro in a pot
      1. Perfume present only in flower: Jasmine
        1. Jasmine plant
      2. Perfume present only in flower Violet
        1. Time lapse violet plants
        2. How to grow and care for African violets
      1. Plant a small herb garden in a large pot with plants from a nursery.
Plants for Production
      1. Read Plants for Production pg 88-89 Essential Atlas of Botany by Barrons
      2. Wheat
        1. Wheat production basics and possible problems
        2. From wheat to pasta
        3. Wheat farmer
        4. Planting winter wheat
      1. Rice
        1. Rice farming in Sri Lanka
        2. Rice growing time lapse
        3. How to grow rice
        4. Harvesting rice the modern way
        5. Harvesting rice by hand
        6. Rice processing and
      1. Corn
        1. Planting corn
        2. Picking sweet corn
        3. Sweet corn husker
        4. Corn cutter
        5. How corn flakes are made
        6. How tortilla chips are made
      1. Grapes for wine
        1. Visual tour of vineyard
        2. Vineyard and winery – year round work
        3. I Love Lucy grape stomping
        4. Wine making
      1. Coffee beans
        1. Coffee harvesting
        2. Coffee production from the bean to the cup
      2. Tea leaves
        1. Growth and production of tea
        2. Tea farm in Sri Lanka
        3. Black tea production
      1. Cotton
        1. Planting cotton
        2. Picking cotton
        3. Processing cotton
        1. Hemp
        1. Hemp, Hemp Horray.  Uses and benefits of eco-friendly hemp 1 hour
Project:  Arrange pictures into a video with scientific names and organized according to the species.
Watch BBC Life: Plants episode


  1. Just found your link on wtm when I was looking for an alternative to apologia botany. Thank you so much for sharing, this looks great!

  2. This is absolutely amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing. This really means a lot to me. We are beginning our journey into homeschooling, I have been unsatisfied with a lot of the science curriculum available because it seems so textbookish. This plan is fantastic and gives me some great ideas to pursue with my 3rd grade son.


  3. Wow! What a wonderful set of resources. Thank you for sharing your hard work with us! We’re doing a lot on garden science these next couple of months and I’ll be back to check out this post a lot!

    Oh–and by the way, I’m new to your website, but am going to add it to my list of websites to visit frequently!

    Kind regards,

  4. Wow, this looks like a great Botany study. I hope to put something similar together for 9th grade science. A whole year with a course in Botany: horticulture, agriculture, aquaponics, medicinal herbs, edible herbs, gardening, etc.

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