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How to Make a Resurrection Garden

March 18, 2015

Resurrection Garden

Last year I made my first Resurrection Garden and I loved it! I had so many compliments on it. The only problem was that it takes time for grass seed to germinate and it was cold last year and the seed did not cooperate.  So, I’m telling you in plenty of time…..Make this today!


how to make a resurrection garden

I found myself scrambling around, the day before Easter, trying to figure out what to do. I had company coming and this was an important  part of my decor.  As it turned out, I had some sheet moss growing beside my house and used it instead of the grass….which did, by the way, eventually, germinate and grow.


make a resurrection garden

This year, I vowed to do better.

Today’s the day to plant the seed if you want a nice bed of grass by Easter Sunday.

This is a fun project to do with children while you tell them the story of Jesus.


resurrection garden bowl

So, how to make a Resurrection Garden, you ask?  Simple.

Supplies include:  A shallow dish,  small pot for the cave, sticks and twine, some pebbles (optional.) A Stone. Palm tree like plant (optional), grass seed, soil. black paint, optional.

You’ll need a shallow dish, preferably with a drainage hole in the bottom. You can use a terra cotta saucer, if you like. I bought these dish garden pots at Walmart. Any kind of container will work. You may have a plastic dish garden pot. That’s perfect, too.


Resurrection garden supplies

You’ll need potting soil. It doesn’t have to be fancy. If you want to get soil from your yard, fine. Or even from last year’s soil from a hanging basket will work. I used last year’s potting soil and some new for the top.

I went to my local  garden center and asked about grass seed. I used winter rye. In fact,  they gave me a small envelope of seed to use. I still have it from last year and have plenty to use for all three this year. 🙂

I started to use plastic pots again for the cave, but had such an issue with them not holding up under the soil last year that I decided on using a small terra cotta pot, for the cave, instead. Choose a pot according to how deep your container is to use for the cave.  A plastic drinking cup cut to the right height will work for a cave.  I’d use the hard plastic ones…like with Georgia Bulldogs on it…spray the insides and rim black and cut it about 4 inches tall….


shallow resurrection garden

This is a shallow plastic saucer. It works fine. The clay pot is much smaller than the one in the larger container…

resurrection garden unpainted

Some people leave the pots un-painted. It’s up to you.  This is what it looks like inside your cave if you don’t paint it. Excuse my dirt.


I’m painting my small terra cotta pots, black so it looks more cave-like.   And the good thing is, you can save them, year to year. I used chalkboard spray paint. You may use regular craft paint and a brush to paint the pot. Any black or dark colored paint will do.


Resurrection garden pot

Lay the pot on its side in the dish. Mound up a hill with the potting soil around the pot to look like a cave. Place a ‘stone’ beside the opening of the cave.

resurrection garden painted

Make sure the cave is lying on its side, flat.  Start building up soil around it. See how nice it looks painted?

resurrection garden cave

I bought a small palm like plant to add extra pizzaz to the garden. I divided one plant to use some in each garden.  You know palm trees grow in the Holy Land….so this adds a little authenticity…;)  Remember Palm Sunday? It was just the week before.

resurrection garden dirt

Sow the seed on top and mist with water. Lightly add soil to the top of the seed and mist again.


resurrection garden seeded

Cut some short sticks and using twine make three crosses. You can use hot glue if you’d like. Place them in the soil.


Resurrection Garden3

Now, place your beautiful and meaningful Resurrection Garden in a warm spot and wait for mother nature to do her thing. Mist with water as needed. I mist daily.  You don’t want it wet, but not dry either….a perfect mixture of sun, water and soil.


My resurrection Garden

I love the sun shining down on my garden …just like it’s  Resurrection Morning….

Now, I’ll just wait and pray the seeds germinate.  Patience is a virtue.

Resurrection Garden4

If for some reason the seed don’t germinate, you can always cover the hill with small pebbles or some store bought moss….or Easter basket grass….. 🙂 But I think it looks fine with just dirt…. 🙂


Easter Plate

I found this plate at Goodwill …perfect.

I love that it says what the garden means…

Resurrection Garden4

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

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  • All that's Jas

    That is beautiful! it would make a great gift too. Thanks for the idea and thanks for sharing it at Thursday Favorite Things!
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    March 19, 2015 at 2:57 pm Reply
  • Katherines Corner

    This is lovely! Thursday Favorite Things blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

    March 21, 2015 at 9:49 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank you so much for featuring my Resurrection Garden Monday! How fun! Happy Easter!

      March 24, 2015 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • Anita

    This is the first time I have visited your site. You created such a meaningful garden. I enjoy gardening, but have never created this garden. You have inspired me to make one soon. I may not have time for the grass to grow, but will probably use only dirt. Yes, He is not here for he has arisen just as he said!!

    March 17, 2017 at 9:28 pm Reply
    • admin

      Thank You, Anita. Yes, I sometimes let the time catch up with me…but you can make it with just rocks and no grass OR I have personally dug up green moss growing in my yard and place it in my garden. I hope you will come back!

      March 18, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply

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