Easy Spring Dish Garden

Dish Garden close ~ gardenmatter.com

Dish gardens are simply plants grouped in a shallow container or dish. You sometimes see them at funerals with a group of houseplants. People choose a dish garden instead of a floral arrangement so that the family can take it home with them it in memory of their loved one.

However, I think this concept lends itself as a great any-occasion gift, so I made one for my friend’s sister and brother-in-law as a thank you for having us stay at their cottage for the weekend.

I started with some pretty primroses from the grocery store. The idea is that they can enjoy them in the dish garden now, and when the weather warms up they will be able to plant them outside.

I purchased a couple of narrow but small baskets at the dollar store. They were only $.50 each.

Dish Garden Baskets ~gardenmatter.com

Then I cut off one end of each basket and glued one just inside the other.

Dish Garden Basket Combined ~gardenmatter.com

For fun I used a little white chalky paint loosely applied to the entire basket. I also trimmed off the overlapping trim at the top to remove some bulk.

Dish Garden Basket trim ~ gardenmatter.com


Once it was dry I added a plastic slower cooker liner (also from the dollar store) inside the basket to hold any excess water.

Dish Garden Plastic Liner ~ gardenmatter.com

Finally I arranged the plants and filled in with some moss.

Dish Gardenaerial~ gardenmatter.com

It turned out great. I think they’ll like it.



About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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