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Crafting Your Own Resurrection Garden


As the verdant hues of spring begin to unfurl, bringing with them the promise of renewal and growth, Easter offers a moment to reflect on themes of resurrection and new life. It's a season that invites us to blend our traditions with the natural world, and what better way to do so than by creating a Resurrection Garden? This Easter, we invite you to embark on a meaningful project that not only beautifies your space but also serves as a poignant reminder of the season's deeper significance. In this article, we share how you can create your own Resurrection Garden, a project perfect for gardeners of all ages and skill levels.

A beautiful Resurrection Garden created by Samantha Martin. Photo credit: Samantha Martin

What is a Resurrection Garden?

A Resurrection Garden is a miniature representation of the Easter story, focusing on the tomb from which Jesus was said to have been resurrected. It's a living diorama, combining elements of gardening with symbolic artifacts to create a scene that reflects on the themes of renewal, hope, and life. Not only does it serve as a decorative piece for your home or garden, but it also provides a tangible way to connect with the story of Easter, making it a powerful tool for teaching and reflection.

Materials Needed:

- A shallow pot, dish, or large bowl

- Small pebbles or gravel

- Grass seed or small plants (such as succulents or moss)

- A small pot (clay pots or peat pots) or large stone to serve as the tomb

- A larger stone to cover the tomb's entrance

- Twigs and string or twine (or hot glue gun) to create three crosses

- Optional: Decorative elements like moss, small flowers, or figures to enhance the scene


1. Prepare Your Container: Begin by filling your shallow pot or bowl with potting soil, leaving a little room at the top. This will serve as the base for your garden.

2. Create the Tomb: Place your small pot or large stone on its side, partially buried in the soil at one end of the container. This represents the tomb. Position a larger stone close enough so it can be used to "seal" or "open" the tomb.

3. Landscape with Stones and Plants: Use the pebbles or gravel to create pathways or to designate areas within your garden. Plant grass seeds or arrange your small plants around the tomb to create a lush, garden-like setting. If using grass seed, you’ll want to plan this project a few weeks before Easter to allow the grass time to grow.

4. Craft the Crosses: Take your twigs and cut them to size — you’ll need three longer pieces and three shorter pieces to create three crosses. Bind them together with string or twine or hot glue them together and plant them in the soil, preferably on a hill you’ve molded with the soil, overlooking the tomb.

5. Final Touches: Add any additional decorative elements you desire. Small flowers can add color, while moss can give your garden a more aged look. Some choose to include small figurines or symbols that hold personal significance.

6. Caring for Your Garden: Place your Resurrection Garden in a spot where it will receive ample sunlight, and water it regularly. If you've planted grass seed, you should see sprouts within a few days, growing fuller as Easter approaches.

Remember: There is no "right" way to do this. Be creative and use what materials you have or gather and feel are important in order to create the most meaningful Resurrection Garden for you and your family!

Creating a Resurrection Garden is more than just a craft; it's an act of reflection and an opportunity to connect more deeply with the spirit of Easter. Whether you’re sharing this experience with family, friends, or creating this as a project for yourself, it’s a meaningful way to bring the essence of spring and the message of renewal into your home.

We invite you to share your Resurrection Garden creations with us.
Stop by, give us a call, or connect with us online. Let's celebrate the beauty of rebirth and renewal together this Easter season!

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