Celebrating Thanksgiving: Ideas from the Garden

Celebrating Thanksgiving Ideas from the Garden

Thanksgiving is the time of the year we pause for a moment to celebrate our blessings and express gratitude for the people in our lives and things we are fortunate enough to have and enjoy. We share a nice Thanksgiving meal with family and friends and decorating our homes with fall colors and products.

Make the Thanksgiving tradition more memorable with a homegrown twist by taking vegetables from your own garden: green beans, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, pumpkins and squash are easy to grow and make delicious dishes for a Thanksgiving dinner. What about apples from your own apple tree for the stuffing? And herbs from your own herb (container) garden to create a fresh poultry mix: Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Parsley and Oregano. In addition to pumpkin pie try baking a fruit pie with berries from your garden.

Decorating for the Thanksgiving holiday can include pretty centerpieces and mantel décor inside, while pumpkin displays, wreaths and simple container gardens can make a statement outside. A lot of those decorations can be made with materials from your own garden. Dried Hydrangea flowers make a great centerpiece and combine well with Ivy; they also look great used in a wreath.   Many rose varieties flower well into fall as well as perennials like Blanket Flower (Gaillardia), Russian Sage (Perovskia) and Coneflower (Rudbeckia and Echinacaea). Use these in bouquets together with flower plumes of ornamental grasses to make a great fall flower arrangement.

Decorate the entrance of your home with a pumpkin and squash display mixed with Fall Mums. If you have a crabapple tree, you can use branches with fruits in a wreath or bouquet.

With a garden decorating and cooking possibilities are endless!

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!