Bill’s Blog- Where did the summer go?

Wow! Where did the summer go? I can hardly believe it’s the end of vacation and time for back to school. So many of you were our guests at Discovery Center, and we really enjoyed having you visit!

Were you here when wonderful spicy aromas drifted from our kitchens as the staff busily baked loaves of zucchini bread? The DC gardens have been supplying an abundance of squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, and scrumptious blackberries. Ms. Rachel found the bounty irresistible and made lots of tasty dishes in her cooking camp and Snack Attack. Mr. Eric and Ms. Micki continue to monitor the gardens to assure they are in tip-top condition.

The gardens have also provided nectar for our honeybees and created natural vegetation and a habitat for beneficial insects like butterflies and praying mantis. The gardens also received a visit from one of Tennessee’s native snakes, the rough green snake.

I understand the gardens will soon be converted to fall crops. The sweet potatoes will be dug and the basil will be whirled into delicious pesto. Yum!

Stay connected to Discovery Center through my blog as there is always exciting news to share with you!

Insect Facts:
The number of insects is believed to be between 6-10 million. Insects have 3 body parts: Head, Thorax and Abdomen, 2 antennae and 3 pairs of legs (6 legs total). Spiders are NOT insects, they are arachnids.
Mantis Facts:
Praying Mantis eat other insects, and as pictured below they are the only insect that can turn their head side-to-side (180 degrees). Praying mantis have 5 eyes; 2 compound eyes and 3 simple eyes but only one ear. There are over 1500 species of praying mantis worldwide.

Rough Green Snake facts:
A fairly common snake, but can be difficult to see. This camouflaged snake is an excellent climber and can hide easily in green vegetation.