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How Plants Work: Experiments & Comp

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How Plants Work: Experiments & Comp

How Plants Work: Experiments & Comp

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How Plants Work: At Home Experiments and Competition


During National Science Week (15-23 August) Hunter Region Botanic Gardens is proud to bring you  7  hands-on plant experiments to do at home based on the ‘How Plants Work’ book by Kevin McDonald.   Using light, water and paper towel, discover the germination process of seeds as they take root, learn how seedlings act when they’re kept away from sun, find out about the importance of water and sun in plant growth, and record your results like a true scientist.

Event & Competition Details. Download each experiment sheet by clicking on the links below:

Experiment 1 – Looking at leaves

Experiment 2 – Transpiration

Experiment 3 – Chlorophyll

Experiment 4 – Seeds developing into Plants

Experiment 5 – What is paper

Experiment 6 – Who lives in YOUR tree

Experiment 7 – Phototropism

Recording Grid for ANY experiment

After completing your experiments, select your favourite, chart your findings in an A4 poster, and go in the running to win a prize pack worth over $200, including a free copy of ‘How Plants Work’!

Your poster must:

    • Have a title
    • Contain a chart of the results
    • Tell us what you did and what you saw
    • Drawings of your experiment
  • To submit:
    • Scan a copy of your poster and submit via the link below on this page
    •  Multiple submissions are welcome

Submit your poster entry here


If families would like to purchase a copy of ‘How Plants Work’ by Kevin McDonald for your family, please email the team at for details. Cost is $19 (+ $10 postage and handling). Alternatively, visit the gardens located in Heatherbrae NSW to purchase your copy.


Sponsored by:


Bunnings Group Limited

8 Griffin Street, Heatherbrae, 2324

(02) 4988 5500  |

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

2100 Pacific Highway, Heatherbrae NSW 2324

(02)4987 1655,  (02)4987 1440


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