March 2015: Weed Project

Download the Final Slideshow

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Weed Project club research. It was a lot of fun and we all got to learn about the weeds in our gardens and lawns.

Download the slideshow from the March 25, 2015 meeting.

If you missed the March meeting, download the introductory presentation that explains the project.

How this works

  1. Pick a weed from the list and tell Brad.

    • If you want to participate but haven't picked a weed yet, feel free to research something not on the list!
  2. Research the weed.

    • Read the provided slide templates and examples (see the introductory presentation) as a guide for the kind of information to collect. There's no need to write lots of text. All we're looking for are just enough bullet points to fill a couple of slides and a picture.
    • Use Wikipedia, your favourite encyclopedia, a local library, or a knowledgeable friend to find out about your weed.
      Type your weed name here:
  3. If you're used to using the computer and slide software, fill in the provided templates (see below) and email the two slides to Brad.

    If you're not good with computers, just collect the information in an email message, and email it to Brad. If you can, send a either a link to a page on the Internet with a picture of the weed, or attach a copy of the picture in your email message.

    • If you can prepare the slides yourself, it's appreciated since it will mean a lot less work for Brad when he assembles the presentation.
    • Don't worry about the fonts and precise positioning. Brad will clean things up so everything looks the same.
  4. Email the slides or information to Brad by March 10, 2015.

  5. At the March 25 meeting, be prepared to speak about your slides for two to five minutes.

    • We'll do it just like our fall member garden photo slide show, where we present "from our seats".
    • We're all in the same boat: none of us are going to be experts on the weeds we've researched, but each of us will likely know more about our weed than anybody else.
    • You might find out something interesting about the weed that is hard to fit on the slides. It might be a good idea to save a little bit of interesting information for you to say instead of including it on the visual material!

If you have any questions, email Brad.

Slide Templates

Chose one of the following slide templates, depending on the software you intend to use to prepare the slides.

SoftwareDownload Link
Microsoft Office PowerPoint (older than 2007)
Pick this if you're not sure.
Download Template
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Download Template
LibreOffice 3 Download Template
OpenOffice 3 Download Template
No software. I'll just email the information. Use the introductory presentation as a guide. It contains an example and lets you view (but not edit) the templates.

If you are keen and you want to download the two fonts used in the templates, you can (but you certainly don't have to):

The Weed List

Here is the list of weeds, with an indication of which ones are taken. To respect members' online privacy, the website only shows which weeds are available and which are taken. The full list with names will be emailed to the membership.

Poison Ivy 
Wild Blue Vetch 
Field Hawkweed 
Curly Dock 
Quack GrassTaken
Beggar's Ticks 
Barren Strawberry 
Japanese Knotweed 
Sheep SorrelTaken
Purple Loosestrife 
Another of your choosing 


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