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Interactive Junior Botanist Program Teaches Kids About Plants

Lee Coykendall teaches students from nearby Virginia all about the Theobroma cacao - the source of chocolate. “This tree will have 30-40 pods, and inside, look!” she exclaimed under the shade of the large tree at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington. Coykendall is the children’s education specialist at the Garden and on this weekday morning she was offering a group of middle schoolers an opportunity to learn how chocolate goes from flower to chocolate bar within a year. During the...

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