Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Pizza Garden

Don't you just think herb gardens are enchanting?  All the way from the itty bitty ones basking in the sun sitting in kitchen windows, container gardens that sit outside of apartment doors, baby starts perched on children's window seats all the way up to large yards with raised garden beds with complicated irrigated systems and mesh bottoms that boast a variety of herbs.   They all seem to add a bit of hominess to the HOME.

A pizza garden is so easy to make.  All you need to do is to plant a few small Italian herbs in a pot.  My favorites include:  thyme, rosemary, oregano and basil.  You can add whatever else you like, but these are beautiful planted together.  It can be kept simple.  I purchased a planted herb garden at Trader Joe's for $6.99.  This pot included three out of the four herbs I was wanting to include.

I already had a Dollar Store basket that was $1.00...so, I decided it would be a perfect way to package the gift.  No taping, or gift wrap needed...YAY!

I simply lined the basket with tissue paper I keep on hand.  {If you go through a lot of tissue paper, you may want to buy it at Costco after Christmas...I haven't needed to buy it in at least three years...that is alot of bang for your buckaroo!  Then, for a bit of color once in a while, I will buy the colored tissue paper when it goes on sale.}

I then placed the "Pizza Garden" into the basket and made a tag.  I think this would be a great gift for Mother's Day, a teacher's gift, a thank you gift etc.!

If you need several gifts, it is easy to purchase one potted herb garden and then divvy it up into smaller containers.  Separate tags may be printed up and punched out to label the herbs.  Children LOVE.LOVE.LOVE helping with this.

Again, this is a great gift on it's own that takes very little time to put together...but you could add a little white gift bag filled with Trader Joe's store bought pizza dough, a jar of pizza sauce and a container of shredded Parmesan cheese.  Just be sure to keep it chilled with blue ice or a couple of zippies with ice.  



  1. What a cute idea. I really like the idea and it would be fun to deliver it with dough, sauce and cheese! xo Diana

  2. Could you please make a delivery to my house? ;-) This is a great idea and something so many people would just love. You are so creative in thinking of lovely gifts and the packaging is perfect.

    Happy, Happy Mother's Day!

    Love to you,

  3. Perfect Lisa. I am actually heading over to Trader Joes today!! Will add this to the cute bird Salt and Pepper shakers and scented soap for my Mother!

    I want to invite you to enter my giveaway from the Enchanted Home!

    Art by Karena

  4. Lisa, I love, love, love this gift idea! I also would love a pot filled with these and a silver spoon marker saying "Pizza Garden". I thank you for your wedding gift idea and gave you a shout-out in my post!!!
    Happy Mother's Day, beautiful friend!

  5. Pat...thank you! You know I would if I could!! :} xoxo Happy Mother's day to YOU!

  6. I'm a bit behind in my blog reading ;-) I love this idea, how clever of you...love the idea of the packaging too. You have the best ideas!
    I can't wait to plant my own fresh herbs...one of the simple pleasures of summer.

  7. love this great gift idea!