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How to Use Your Garden This Thanksgiving

Preparing for Thanksgiving dinner is hectic for everyone, but especially for the host. There is always a ton of cooking, cleaning, and decorating involved. And with so much pressure to get the turkey just right, decorating is usually the last thing you want to spend too much time fussing over.

That’s why gardeners, whether novices or pros, should use the resources they have right in their backyard to set the table. Take off the oven mitts and throw on the gardening gloves–here’s how you can use your fall foliage to decorate your table.

Floral Arrangements

Gather bundles of fall flowers for use in vases on the table. Flowers that bloom in the fall include:

  • Balloon Flower
  • Snakeroot
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Celosia
  • Michaelmas Daisy
  • Beautyberry
  • Goldenrod
  • Heather
  • Helenium
  • Heliopsis
  • Iberis
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Pansies
  • Russian Sage
  • Sedum

Or, cut your own favorite flowers!

You can also start drying out bundles of flowers in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Tie the stems with string and pin them to the wall above the table, or scatter them in vases throughout your home for a rustic feel.

Rethink Your Containers

Have you ever tried to gut a pumpkin and fill it so that it overflows with flowers or succulents? The result is a quirky looking flower pot that makes for a gorgeous centerpiece or decoration.

Sticks, Stones, and Pinecones

Spread small sticks, stones, and pinecones from the garden around the table. Make sure they’re not full of splinters! Pick some leaves from your bushes and trees as well. You can fill a clear vase full of these little natural decorations. While fake pinecones and leaves have their place in certain decor, actual remnants of nature have a much stronger impact. They come with imperfections that are unmistakably fresh and natural.

Party Favors

A small succulent or flower can double as a name tag and a party favor. Pick some pups off your favorite succulents and put them in a tiny pot that can be placed in front of each guests’ seat. With a label maker, write their name on the pot. After Thanksgiving, your guests will get to take home a plant that will help them start a garden of their very own.




Summer Clayton

Summer Clayton has always loved getting her hands dirty. Ever since she was a kid playing in her grandparents’ garden, Summer wanted to learn everything she could about plants. Now she wants to help you grow a bigger, better, greener garden.

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