Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Gardens 2017

There is a little competition going on at the church we attend for the best Easter garden produced by the children who attend. This, of course, was a challenge that we wanted to join in; as if we needed the motivation to do this anyway, considering that we have made these most years!

The Easter "Resurrection" garden is meant to symbolise the place where Jesus was left to rest and the tomb found to be empty; this then encompasses his resurrection.

Using small trays, which we purchased from a garden centre, we filled them to the top with soil and then levelled them out.

Whilst at Homebase we were lucky enough to get a selection of standard size plants; we tried to avoid any that would grow to large.

After taking some time to choose and discuss which flowers we wanted use, we then placed them on top of the soil to see if we liked our arrangements. We used a small pot to represent where our tomb would be placed.

Once we were happy with the layout we dug into our soil and planting each flower individually to follow our pattern. The tray doesn't have any drainage holes so once we planted them we used a little bit of water trying hard not to soak the soils too much.

Using some gravel and small pebbles we created a path coming from our "tomb" flowing through our garden.

The design here is totally down to what the boys wanted and each chose something different.

The next challenge was making the tomb. I helped with this part as I used the hot glue gun. I cut the cup in half to make it shorter and then glued pieces of slate and stone around the sides to make it more tomb like.

This is James' garden. He decided he wanted a more elaborate path way going around the edges, through the middle and then heading the tomb.

William wanted a more simple design where he placed the flowers around the edges and the path just up through the middle.

There is our finished Easter gardens.

Both William and James enjoyed this activity. They enjoyed the methodical placing of the different components as well as learning why they were making the garden.

Most gardens centres, especially the smaller ones, are more than willing to do this as they usually have stock that they cannot sell due to bags being split and damaged, so it is always worth asking! It is only a small amount needed really.

So what do you think?

Do you like our gardens?


Kim Carberry said...

Aww! That is just lovely. It is a fantastic activity.
Good luck with the competition x

Mud Cakes and Wine said...

I love the gardens and what a super idea. Our school did something similar

Anne Stone Sweet said...

Both the boys gardens are really lovely, their attention to detail is really good. I love the idea of an Easter Garden.