Gardening Trivia Game

Gardening Trivia game

I created this Garden Themed Trivia game similar to my Tea Party Trivia Game. You canĀ  print (cut and glue or tape) these and use them at a party. There are 59 cards in this set. The photo on the cards are my bleeding hearts from last year.

Gardening Trivia Game Cards

I made this game for my garden club to use at our tea party this year. We had a group of 23 play this game. There was a lot of laughter during the game. I created some trivia cards with Bible plant questions because I thought it would fit my audience but in fact only 2 players were biblical scholars. Of course you can omit those cards if it does not fit your audience.

Garden Trivia cards questions

I used these rules/instructions before playing the game:

“This game is part luck, part knowledge. For questions that have more than 2 answer choices, the next player has a chance to answer. I will give out tea bags for every correct answer (to keep track of your number of correct answers) prizes will be awarded for the most correct answers.”

Gardening Trivia Game Cards

Disclaimer: I do not guarantee the accuracy of the trivia. I did not paraphrase every card. I included a link to the website where I found the information and/or the question. If there is not a link the trivia was created from my own knowledge.

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Ultimate Tea Party

tea table sandwiches

For the second year in a row I hosted a tea party for my garden club (I am their president). I was pleased to receive so many kind comments. I took advantage of freezer recipes and my large chest freezer to make this ambitious menu easier to pull-off. I also asked one guest to bring deviled eggs and another to bring fruit. One friend came an hour early to help me with last minute preparations. If you are hosting a party, consider asking someone to come a little early to help with last minute preparations.

Cucumber Flower Cup Special Tools

I made carrot and cucumber flowers once before in an edible May Day basket I made for neighbors. This year I decided to combine a carrot flower and cucumber cup with dip ideas. I used this carrot flower idea but I used a miniature cookie cutter and a green toothpick (in a box of assorted colored toothpicks). Make sure that your carrot slices are thick enough or when you insert the toothpick it will crack. I cut the carrot flowers the night before and put them in my refrigerator in a container with water. The next day I assembled the flowers. I was inspired by this cucumber dip cup idea. Make your cucumber cup thick enough so your carrot flower will stand up. I made Ranch Dip with powdered mix and sour cream and spooned it into the cups before inserting the Carrot and Cucumber flowers. A few of my flowers did not want to stand up so I added the cucumber piece I took out when I made the cup and it stood up just fine.

Carrot and Cucumber Flower Pin

These carrot and cucumber flowers in cucumber cups are sure to delight your guests. I always say, “healthy food can be fun”.

Carrot Flower in Cucumber Cup on cake plate

Tea Service and Cups

I outdid myself with my tea menu this year because I wanted a different blog post, I enjoy creating menus, and I was expecting more guests this year. I served decaf coffee and English Afternoon Tea with lemon, cream, and sugar.


  • Mini Pesto Palmiers – I made these two weeks before the party and put them in my freezer, I defrosted the day of the party, sliced and put in my refrigerator on a parchment lined baking sheet until baking shortly before the party.
  • Tortellini skewers with cherry tomato, fresh mozzarella, and olives
  • Apricot and Oat SconesMartha Stewart Baking Handbook
  • Cranberry Scones – I replaced the currants with Craisins Martha Stewart Baking Handbook
  • Strawberry and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches – I used Pepperidge Farm Very Thin white bread to make these open-faced tea sandwiches. I cut the bread with a flower shaped cookie cutter, added a strawberry slice and garnished some with mint leaves.
  • Walnut Cream Cheese Sandwiches – cream cheese, toasted chopped walnuts and a little lemon juice spread on Pepperidge Farm Oatmeal Bread with the crusts cut off and cut in narrow rectangles
  • Radish and Chive Sandwiches on French Bread – I loosely followed this recipe but kept it very simple and left out the Asian flavors (I did not use the sesame seeds, ginger or sesame oil).


  • Mixed Nuts
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Butterfly Crackers with Butterfly shaped cheese (Cheddar and Dill Havarti)


  • Carrot Flowers with toothpick stem, Cucumber leaves and Cucumber cup with Ranch Dip
  • Assorted Fruit with Dip (Cool Whip and yogurt)



Special Touches

  • Food labels – besides being cute they made it easier for my last minute helpers to put out food from my refrigerator. Also since the labels were already on the buffet table, it helped me know what I was missing.
  • Doilies – My Mom is a fan of paper doilies and I guess I inherited it from her – at least for a fancy tea party. I dyed some pink somewhat following this tutorial (I did not use gloves and I used a glass pie plate)
  • A member of my garden club made two fantastic arrangements in antique tea pots.

Tea Table Facing Door

Paper Plates Napkins Miniature Forks

Tortellini Skewers

Mixed Nuts in Flower Cups

Tulip Frosted Sugar Cookies

Mini Lemon Curd Tarts

Butterfly Crackers Butterfly Cheese

Mini Pesto Palmiers

Assorted Chocolate Truffles

Strawberry Ice Cream Cakes

Tea Food Table after

Silver Tea Pot Flowers

If you use any of these ideas for your tea or other type of party, I would love to hear about it.

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Gemini Bento Lunch

Gemini Zodiac Food

Next in my yearly series of Zodiac symbols in food, is Gemini.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Top Left: Apple

Bottom Left: Pine nuts

Right Side: Cream Cheese and jam on toast with Cream Cheese Gemini details

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ferns bluebells 2

Saturday May 9, I went on a hike to see bluebells. I am not sure if I had ever seen a bluebell before that day. This is the description that I read before attending the hike, “This walk is 3.5 miles round trip on trails, with some muddy sections. We will see working agricultural fields and arrive at a forest along the Genesee River that is host to a spectacular sea of Common Bluebell flowers.” It was amazing. Although I am happy with my iPhone photos, they do not compare to seeing the real thing.

The bluebells are on private land so the Genesee Valley Conservancy offers 2 group hikes one day of the year. I am not sure how many people attended the morning hike with me but they estimate that over 450 people joined the hikes to see the bluebells. My photos do not show many people, I was near the beginning of the pack and was able to take photos without people in them. This hike was only a 30 minute drive from my home but it was my first time hearing about it. The blooms were perfect! I am glad that I attended this awesome event.


bluebells 2

bluebells closer

bluebells 3

bluebells 5

people on path bluebells

tree bluebells

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Broccoli Dollar for Lunch

Dollar Sign Broccoli

I had a dollar symbol cookie cutter so I decided to try it with broccoli. It is not very clear but this simple lunch was satisfying to eat.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Nishiki rice with cooked broccoli (used a cookie cutter to create the shape)

Top Right: Cashew nuts

Bottom Right: Mandarin oranges

100 dollar bill food

This 100 Dollar meal was featured here.

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Taco on a Stick

Taco on a stick

Before a planned day out with my taco loving nephew, we tried to think of a different way to prepare tacos for lunch. I think that it was his younger brother who said, “Taco on a Stick”. This is my version of Taco on a Stick.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Cherry tomatoes, lettuce, black olives and Pepper Jack cheese on mini wooden skewers

Top Right: Lettuce

Bottom Right: Black beans and salsa

Outside of Box: Banana, Mini Dippers with Taco Sauce, and Tortilla chips with a hint of lime

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Iris Themed Lunch

Iris Themed food

Today is Iris Day so I made this themed meal. I copied the Iris design from this fantastic bento made by Beneficial Bento.

Container: EasyLunchBoxes

Left Side: Quinoa with white Cheddar, purple potato, snow pea, Cheddar cheese, black sesame seeds

Top Right: Assorted melon

Bottom Right: Asparagus

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