Seeds in Disguise: The Biology and Lore of Ornamental Seeds

Explore the ordinary . . .

Seeds are all around us: we eat them; we plant them; they parachute from dandelions; they catch in the dog’s coat or on your socks; they drop from the trees; and sometimes they even hang around your neck. This exhibition features ornamental seeds “disguised” as beads in jewellery, trinkets and ornaments.

Seeds, like people, have many interesting facets to their complex biology. Travel, chemistry, medicine and industry are part of the stories of the ornamental seeds in this exhibition. Beware – some seeds are dangerous!

This exhibition is colourful and elegantly laid out. Divided into six topics, information is presented in English and French. Seeds in Disguise is also accompanied by a school case, full of activities and ‘hands-on objects’ to share with your visitors.

This exhibition will delight all ages and levels of interest – from the curious child, to the backyard botanist, to the seasoned hiker, and everyone in between.

Topics covered:

  • Beans: Diversity in a Plant Family
  • Seed Signals
  • Seeds from Food Plants
  • Seeds with Commercial Use
  • Poisonous Seeds Among Us
  • On the High Seas
Grade Curriculum Relevance



Grade 1

Life Systems: Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

Grade 3

Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants

Grade 4

Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

Grade 6

Life Systems: Diversity of Living Things

Grade 7

Life Systems: Interactions Within Ecosystems

Grade 9-10


Grade 11-12


Grade 12



  • 6 display cases 183 x 61 x 61 cm (6 x 2 x 2 ft)
  • 2 crates 214 x 92 x 92 cm (7 x 3 x 3 ft) containing 7 interpretive panels 183 x 61 x 46 cm (6 x 2 x 1.5 ft)

Space required: 28 square metres (300 square feet)

Weight: 635 kg (1400 lbs)

Supplementary materials: Exhibition posters, exhibition/installation manual, educational kit "Seeds"

Booking period: 8 weeks

Fee for 2014 rentals: $750 plus shipping costs