Plants tell stories, without saying a single word. Picture a cherry tree in full bloom; big blackberries bursting with flavor; orange, red, and yellow leaves on a deciduous tree; or bare branches covered in snow. What do those images bring to mind? If you thought spring, summer, fall, and winter, you understood the story told by just the sight of those plants, without hearing anything.
Fortunately, scientists are working on a solution to this problem, and they need people in the community to gather important data to help them. That’s where you come in. Budburst is a community science project where researchers, educators, and community scientists – like you, and other Garden volunteers – work together to answer critical ecological questions by studying the timing of seasonal change in plants. All you need to do is pick a plant and record its phenophase on the Budburst desktop or mobile app.