Activities for Garden Gatherings: Creating Outdoor Rooms

Photo of pop-up garden
To help my students understand the concept of garden rooms, I created an activity called The Pop-Up Garden.  When temperatures drop, I thought this might also be a fun indoor activity for garden groups, individuals or families wanting to plan their garden spaces. 

Keep this in mind: garden design is about creating outdoor spaces or rooms...and what are the components of a room?  Floors, walls and ceilings.  This activity allows you to think about each of these components separately, then all together.

Try this at your next garden gathering:

  • Print out the sheet below and give one to each person.

  • Provide scissors, pencils and maybe color pencils (or crayons) for everyone.

  • Discuss as a group how everyone defines garden design.

  • Discuss how one aspect of garden design is creating outdoor spaces or rooms.

  • Discuss what components create a room: floors, walls and ceilings.

  • Take each room component and brainstorm as a group about what one could do in the garden for that element (for instance, what could you use for a garden floor? brick, lawn, limestone, wood, etc). Another option is to assign a person to each of these components prior to your gathering and have them bring images of possible ideas to share.

  • After the group discusses each component, have everyone draw what they wish on their sheet (for instance, after the group discusses ideas for garden floors, give everyone about 5-10 min to draw a garden floor of their liking). Then go on to the next component. I typically start with floors, then walls, then the ceiling.

  • Once everyone completes their garden room, set them up around the room for a gallery viewing.

Below is a video of me actually creating one of these garden rooms, so you can see the process. You are also welcome to visit my original post here where I give more information about each room component. Enjoy creating your outdoor rooms!

Oh, and here is another activity you can try using planting design tips!

Garden Graphics Tool Kit

An awesome online course that teaches simple and fun drawing techniques to help communicate your garden vision. Enrollment open in January each year.

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