By: Mary Ellen Ellis
For many people, Mother’s Day coincides with the true beginning of gardening season. The soil and air have warmed, the risk of frost is gone (or mostly gone), and it’s time to get planting. So why not plant a garden for Mother’s Day? Honor Mom with something that will last for years.
What is a Mother’s Day Garden?
A Mother’s Day garden is whatever you want it to be. There are no rules or strict traditions. This is simply a good idea for celebrating an important day and a very important person. You could create a garden together with your mom or do it for her as a surprise. And if you are a mom, plan a garden with your kids. Regardless, it will give you something everyone enjoy working on for years to come.
There are many ways to craft a Mother’s Day garden. You can design just one bed in her garden devoted to her favorite plants. Or, if you have more limited space, create a garden box or small container garden of flowers.
Best Choices for Mother’s Day Flowers
Planting a Mother’s Day garden can be something you do together or something you surprise Mom with, but either way, consider using flowers. Flowers are great for celebrating and honoring others, and you can continue to enjoy them every year in the garden. Cut and use in arrangements as well.
Choose from your mom’s favorites, but also try these popular options:
- Lilac – Try anchoring a larger space with this beautiful and fragrant spring bloomer. The branches of lilac can also be cut to bring the delicious scent indoors.
- Azalea – Another flowering shrub to try planting in a Mother’s Day garden is azalea. The flower is pretty, and it is a symbol of womanhood and love.
- Lily – All kinds of lilies are associated with mothers. Daylilies (not true lilies), stargazer lilies, and other varieties are pretty perennials for a flower bed.
- Bluebells – If you’re planning a garden in advance as a surprise, include these pretty blue flowers. Bluebells should be ready to bloom right around Mother’s Day.
- Zinnia – These cheerful flowers will bring joy and color to the garden. Zinnias also make great cut flowers.
- Rose – A rose bush is a great choice if your mother enjoys traditional gardens and flowers. There are all kinds of meanings associated with rose colors too, so make it symbolic. Pink roses stand for appreciation and gratitude, a perfect message for Mom.
- Heliotrope – Heliotrope is a lovely and fragrant tropical flower that can be used for a container or indoor Mother’s Day garden.
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May Your Garden Grow Mother's Day Window Garden
As a mother myself it's fun to think about gifts that my own Mom and my Mom friends would enjoy. That's the inspiration for my May Your Garden Grow Mother's Day Window Garden project.
I loved designing a sweet gift tag and the little 'May' pun as Mother's Day lands on the second Sunday of May each year.
To make my gift tag, I included some of my original watercolors and created an unexpected round gift tag that's 2.25" in diameter.
At the risk of giving Mom a little task of both planting and tending her little window garden, I think it's a lovely way for a grandchild to help Grandma plant and water.
A phone call, text or email from a grandchild reminding Grandma to water her window garden is just about the sweetest call to receive, don't you think?
This gift idea is also lovely for women in your life who might not be biological mothers, but are as supportive and loving as a mother should be.
I love the idea of gifting these window gardens to all the special women in your life. It's an easy way to grow love and care in your community.
Hip, hip, hooray! It’s Mother’s Day! What a perfect chance to teach your little ones about all the MANY wonderful things that mommies and grandmas do to keep them happy and healthy. In fact, it’s almost as if with each act of love a mom gives, she is planting a little seed into each child God has placed within her garden. As you read through this Christian poem for kids you will see that each “seed” relates to one of the fruit of the Spirit for that is what every mom plants in her children’s hearts with each act of devotion.
What You Need for this Christian Mother’s Day poem: For this presentation, you will need 10 – letter size envelopes (approx. 9.5in. x 4in.) and you will need a package of pumpkin seeds. You will also need find 10 different pictures of flowers or purchase 10 different flower seed packets. If you buy the seed packets, empty the seeds out. Also, you will need to write out each stanza of the poem on a separate card. Please laminate all of the cards for longterm use. You will also need some kind of place to display all of your flowers. I use a pocket chart as seen in the pictures down below, but you could also stand them up on a table or against a wall.
Preparation: Take each envelope and seal it. Then cut off 3 in. off of the long end of each envelope. Now attach one card of
the poem to one side of the envelope and attach a flower card to the other side. Once all the envelopes have been assembled, place them in numeric order. Have a bowl of pumpkin seeds sitting nearby. You are now ready to share the poem.
Presentation: Have the children sit in front of you. Say the following: “Who knows what special holiday we are celebrating today? (Wait for response.) That’s right! Mother’s Day! And today we are going to hear a special poem about mommies and about all the many wonderful things they do for their children. For example, raise your hand if your mom or grandma or aunt ever hug you. (Wait for response.) Super! Now raise your hand if your mommy ever cleans your clothes.
(Wait for response.) Isn’t that nice of her? Now raise your hand if your mommy ever makes you yummy things to eat? (Wait for response.) I am so glad your moms do so many great things for you. Did you know that each time your mommy does something nice for you it’s like she is planting a seed in your life. (Hold up a pumpkin seed.) What happens when we plant a seed in the ground? (Wait for responses like “something grows”.) That’s right! Beautiful things grow like this beautiful flower. (Show them the first flower.) Well, God can make beautiful things grow in your life when you have a loving mommy or grandma or someone special to watch over you.”
“Alright, boys and girls, let’s listen quietly to this special poem about mommies.”
You will read each card showing the poem side first. Before turning the card around to reveal the flower, ask one child to pick a pumpkin seed out of the bowl and drop it into the envelope. Then say, “Thank you, (Cole), for dropping that seed in. Let’s see what pretty flower grows from it.” Ask the child to sit down, then go to the next card.
After you present the poem, you can have the children make the Mother’s Day card I have provided at the end. Print the inside and outside of the card, one for each child. Have the children color in the flower and sign their names on the inside of the card. You also might consider giving each child a packet of flower seeds to attach to the card. I think you can buy 5 to 10 packs for a dollar at your local “Dollar” store.
Tips: I would not call the pumpkin seed by it’s real name – pumpkin. I would just call it a seed. You also might want to color the seeds to make them match the colors of the flowers. You can also point out the names of each of the flowers if you’d like. Also, always be sensitive to any children who do not have a mother. You can say how this poem also talks about aunts and grandmas or other caretakers.
When a mommy hugs her children
She plants a seed of love
And all her wonderful kisses
When a mommy laughs and giggles
Like when she tickles your funny bone
Or plays with your favorite toy
When a mommy tucks you in at night
She plants a seed of peace
She prays for God to bless you
With a sweet and restful sleep
When a mommy asks you to wait for things
A seed of patience is what she sows
For all the really good things in life
When a mommy makes your favorite food
She plants a seed so kind
She knows when chicken soup is good for you
Or when you have cookies on your mind
When a mommy washes all your clothes
Seeds of goodness she plants
She works so hard to scrub and scrub
So you will have clean shirts and pants
When a mommy takes care of you all day
Faithfulness is the seed she sows
She makes sure you have all you need
Like lots of good food and shoes on your toes
When a mommy rocks you in her arms
A gentle seed is planted deep
Sometimes she’ll sing you a little song
While in her arms you cry or sleep
When a mommy tells you, “No, no, no.”
She plants a seed of self-control
For she knows not all things are good for you
So make sure you listen to what you are told
But the greatest seed that a mommy plants
Is the seed of God’s great love
She wants you to know him just like she does
So that one day you both will live in Heaven above.
Mother’s Day Card for your Little Ones Inside Page Outside Page
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Holiday ideas for your kids: Just Mom and Me Having Tea: A Fun Bible Study for Mothers and Daughters
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3. Trowel and Error
Is your mom into organic gardening? Then the book Trowel and Error by Sharon Lovejoy (who also wrote Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children ) is a must-have on your list. It features over 700 organic remedies, shortcuts and tips for easy and practical solutions for organic gardeners and for sure will satisfy your mom’s “geeky” side.
If you’re going to get mom some gardening gloves, be sure to get her some good ones. Some garden-lovers never use gloves and some go through multiple pairs each day. But, even those who use gloves only sporadically will have some for utility dirty work and then a special pair or two for dotting around the garden with a cup of tea. Here are some of the more “Sunday Best” types of gardening gloves:
“Sunday Best” isn’t quite her cup of tea? Consider these awesome Claws Garden Gloves.
Mother’s Day Sunday Garden Quote
“Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.“ – George Cooper
We would like to wish a “Happy Mother’s Day” to all of our gardening friends who are caretakers of both gardens and children.
A woman who is both a gardener and a mother may use some of the same methods to achieve results in both. Brought into the world, seedlings and babies, are nurtured and tenderly cared for to ensure healthy growth.
Red Hibiscus Bud
As both grow, each are carefully supported, pruned of mis-directed habits and trained to grow up strong and proud. At maturity, “Mom” sees her rewards of diligent work when she walks through her fully grown garden or when she watches her child walk across the stage at graduation.
Thru it all, Mother’s tend to be humble, crediting good results in both gardens and children to “greater powers”. Tenneva Jordan said it best:
“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.”
Thru it all, Mothers must keep a sense of humor, when the weeds are taking over in all the beds at the same time or when their children’s homework is due tomorrow morning and midnight is long past. And according to Milton Berle:
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”
And, at the end of it all, a Mother has gained wisdom and never-failing hope.
“No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.”
When you see a Mother today, give her a smile, a hug, a blessing, and a thank you. A thank you for raising beautiful children and gardens for the rest of us to enjoy.