Fun Theme Gardens to Try with Kids

Kids love digging in the dirt no matter what, but planting a garden can be even more fun and meaningful when you pick a theme and plan the garden together. Here are just a handful of the fun ideas you can try at home (you can find many more by searching online). Some of our classes will be trying these this spring! Remember, you don’t need a huge space to start a garden. Even a few containers on a patio can provide a fun and productive garden for your family.


A Three Sisters garden of corn, squash and beans. (Photo credit:

ABC Garden: Try to grow one plant for each letter of the alphabet and make your own letter markers to use in the garden.

International Garden: Choose a country or culture and make plant selections based on what is typically grown and eaten there.

Literacy Garden: Choose plants based on a favorite children’s book, such as “Growing Vegetable Soup,” “Peter Rabbit,” “The Ugly Vegetables” or the Winnie the Pooh books.

Pizza Garden: Grow all the ingredients for pizza such as tomatoes, peppers, oregano, basil, onions, garlic, and more.

Rainbow Garden: Try to plant at least one food for each color of the rainbow.

Salsa Garden: Grow all the ingredients to make your own salsa, such as tomatoes, cilantro, onions, peppers, and garlic.

Tea Garden: Grow herbs such as chamomile, mint, lemon verbena, lemon basil, monarda and more that can then be used to have your own tea party!

Three Sisters Garden: Plant corn, beans, and squash together—according to Iroquois legend, those are three inseparable sisters who grow and thrive only when they are together.

Try-It Garden: Choose foods that the kids have never heard of or tried before.

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