Yesterday my aunt took my son and I to Longwood Gardens. I was complaining of the winter blues and right now they are having their Orchid Extravaganza display. Everyone should visit Longwood if only for the smell!

Of course, beauties like these are a real mood lifter too 🙂 Can you believe these actually exist? It looks like someone painted them

And then, since I am a nerd, I started thinking about petals and spirals and all the math behind the symmetry of these plants.

There is a great website here that will explain what I am referring to when you try designing your own flower.

As beautiful as all the flowers were, I got distracted by something else. The amazing Longwood Gardens logo. I realized that the logo held my attention because it mimics the fascinating circular and symmetric designs in many of the flowers.

And then I was off thinking of how you could combine math and art to create all kinds of cool projects. *Create your own logo using a compass and ruler. Can you figure out how many degrees of the circle are in each spiral of the design? * Etc. Etc. All in one trip to a garden. Just goes to show that math is everywhere…if you just know where to look.