I can't remember exactly how many years ago I first saw this idea on Ann's blog. But, I've wanted to make one every year since then and it just hasn't happened for one reason or another that I can't even remember anymore. But, I am so thankful that we made it happen this year!
I do remember that one hang up for me is what to do with the plants after we're done with them for the Easter lesson. But driving around in the car the day this happened, it came to me to try some herbs and then plant them in the garden and enjoy!
Thyme, lavender and oregano plus a fern and some misty bedding plant. An empty tin can became our tomb and our littles scrounged up a few rocks. I pulled out a small glass jar and we made a little pond and treasure hunted for a couple of good sticks.
I sort of merged two ideas for this garden - the main inspiration and idea were Ann's - but I also incorporated a little bit of this Hill of Calvary idea as well. So, we planted wheat grass on top of our tomb and added a cross
It proved to be a little harder than I thought to take pictures and orchestrate this project - so most of the photos are of the garden rather than the gardeners, but they were involved and interested!
What a beautiful visual for this holy season! I'm so glad we took time to make this happen this year! And, I hope it is a beautiful memory for my children of this special time when we remember God's free gift of His Son, salvation and eternal life to us! The visual parallels are many and the reminders powerful!