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Easter activities in the garden

As we can't go out this Easter, why not try some of these activities you can do in the garden to celebrate

Where most people would have gone out to visit a garden, or for tea and cake over Easter, at the moment, due to the coronavirus social distancing guidelines, that’s impossible. Here are a few suggestions of things you can do to celebrate instead, using the garden and things you can find within it. And for future inspiration, here’s our guide on gardening while isolation.

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An egg roll

Easter egg rolling contest
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This is one of the traditional ways people have celebrated Easter and the good news is that you doesn’t necessarily need a hill for this to work. Usually the game is played with hard boiled eggs, which also means you can make a nice egg cress sandwich after the race and things won’t get too messy. And traditionally the eggs were decorated, so a chance to get painting too.

Without hill: line up your eggs at the starting line. Then when the race starts, using sticks you roll your egg towards the finish line. Whoever crosses the finish line first wins.

With hill: stand at the top of a hill and roll your egg down. The first to cross the finish line wins. Simple.

Egg blowing and painting

Make botanical patterns on eggs for Easter
© Simon Pask

We mentioned egg painting briefly in the earlier entry. This option is for eggs that won’t end up to get scratched and smashed after you’ve rolled them down a hill. We’d recommend blowing the egg first, which involves making a small hole in the bottom and a small hole in the top then gently blowing the egg white and egg yolk through the hole in the bottom. Take care though! It’s easy to smash the shells. Once the egg is entirely out, then you can gently clean the shell and decorate it any way you like. And don’t forget to use the eggs for omelette!

Read our piece by Sonya Patel Ellis on how to create gorgeous botanical designs using natural dye. 

Easter Flower Arranging

Narcissus 'Monique'
Narcissus ‘Monique’
© Jason Ingram

See who can make the best Easter bouquet using the most classic Easter flowers: daffodils. Make sure you use as sparingly as possible so there are some left for the bees.

Easter egg hunt in the garden

Find as many sweet treats as you can and nominate one person to be the treasure layer, who plants the treats at secret points throughout the garden. What about a treasure map too? Make it really fun and include some clues.

Pizza in the oven

A pizza that has been cooked over a campfire has been placed on a wooded utensil and is ready to serve
© Andrew Montgomery

While evenings aren’t yet balmy, it’s still nice enough weather to get outside. So why not start eating outside? The garden can be the perfect place for a change of scene. Here’s a few suggestions of what you can eat in the garden and recipes for cooking on your allotments. 

Order flowers for your loved one

Common Farm's flower bouquet

We can’t physically celebrate with the family, but there are florists still delivering cut flower bouquets which will brighten up anyone’s Easter. We’d recommend finding as local a florist as you can, but Freddie’s Flowers, Common Farm and Bloom and Wild are all excellent options.

Make Easter decorations from plants in the garden

Easter decoration
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Wreaths don’t have to be just for Christmas! Why not decorate the house with all the greens and yellows of spring. Make a lovely floral-inspired Easter bonnet or a hanging display from whatever you can find in the hedgerows and borders.

Donate to a plant or garden charity

RHS Harlow Carr
RHS Harlow Carr
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We all know that nurseries and gardens are struggling. If you’re not sure what to do this Easter, a donation to your favourite garden definitely wouldn’t go amiss. Perennial, RHS, the National Trust and Plantlife are all good options.

Head to a virtual garden

Highgrove Gardens
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We have a host of suggestions for places you can still experience but from the comfort and safety of your own home.