Garden Scavenger Hunt #3
Turn a visit to MHHM’s historic garden into an adventure in nature when you bring Garden Scavenger Hunt #3 with you! This week, search through the 2-acre garden and listen for a blue jay or find the fascinating dragonfly. Maybe you will even catch a glimpse of the dragonfly flying backwards or busy at work looking for mosquitos to eat!
Hope to see you in the garden!
Garden Scavenger Hunt #3 (PDF Document)
Fern Friday: Garden Scavenger Hunt #2
Ferns are one of the oldest species of plants present in the world today. Some fern species date back to the Carboniferous period (359.2 to 299 million years ago) though some scientists believe them to be older! It’s estimated that there are 10,500 to 15,000 different species of ferns. New fern species continue to be discovered as scientists venture into previously unexplored tropical areas.
Ferns are most abundant in tropical areas, but they can be found almost anywhere. They grow best in shaded, damp areas with rich soil. Neochrome, which is a type of light sensor, allows ferns to move towards light sources and thrive in lowlight areas. Unlike other plants, which reproduce through flowers or seeds, ferns reproduce with spores. Sporangia on the fern’s leaves produce spores. When those spores are released, they fall to the ground and begin to grow.
The gardens at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum are home to a lot of ferns! You can stop by every day from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Make sure to bring along Garden Scavenger Hunt #2 to learn more about the different plants and other living things in the garden!
Want to know more about ferns? Look for Ferns by Allan Fowler and Fern Finder by Barbara Hallowell or visit The US Forest Service’s website.
Take along Garden Scavenger Hunt #2 on a trip to MHHM’s gardens for a fun family activity. (PDF Document)
Watch these videos to learn more about ferns:
Ferns- Creature Feature
Get creative with Fern Coloring Pages from the US Forest Service.
Garden Scavenger Hunt #1
W. Parsons Todd (1877-1976) purchased Macculloch Hall and its garden in 1949. W. Parsons Todd grew up in Morristown and was a student at the Morris Academy. He served as a mayor of Morristown and was active in philanthropy, donating land and serving in leadership roles in the community. As a result of his vision and preservation of Macculloch Hall as a museum and public garden, we are able to enjoy, learn, and relax in this peaceful place today and into the future.
MHHM is thankful to the members, past and present, of the Garden Club of Morristown who, for over sixty years, have supported MHHM with their time, talent, and resources. Take time to enjoy this “secret garden” tucked away in the historic district of Morristown, alone, with friends, or family.
Featured in Garden Scavenger Hunt #1 is the sundial, which has been in this garden since 1876.
Scavenger Hunt Activity Sheet (PDF Document)