Lenten Practices | Easter Garden

Make your own – indoors or in a quiet corner of your yard.

The Burial of Jesus

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock. He then rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb

Matthew 27:57-66

You can make an Easter Garden indoors or outdoors, with items you find around the house or store-bought. Assemble during Lent and enjoy all Easter season. If your Easter Garden is indoors, you may want to transplant some of the plants in your container outdoors after Pentecost. An Easter garden isn’t meant to be an exact replica of some moment in history, but a focal point that aids us in remembrance.  Just as the Eucharist is not a recreation of the Last Supper, but a remembrance (Greek: anamnesis) which allows us to participate in the mystery of the Bread which came down from heaven, so an Easter garden should be a symbol that points to the meaning of events, rather than a precise model of the place where they happened.  A single stone or a mound of modeling clay can suggest the tomb and flowers never seen in Palestine can represent the garden.

My Easter Garden and the supplies I used:
To Make:

1. Add some soil or potting compost to the shallow tray or dish. If outdoors, skip this part – you just need to find a small area for this purpose.
2. Arrange soil into a hill on one side of the tray/outdoor area.
3. Cover the soil with moss, grass or sand.
4. Make three crosses with dried twigs tied together with string and place on the hilltop.
5. Press the small pot into the hillside to make a cave like the garden tomb. Place the stone over the mouth of the tomb.
6. Add plants as desired around the crosses and tomb.
7. Make a path coming from the tomb with gravel, to show how the disciples ran to the tomb on Easter morning.
8. Early on Easter morning, move back the stone from the tomb – showing that it’s empty.
9. Optional: Make and add a butterfly, symbolizing new life.

Lenten Practices | Easter Garden