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Time needed: 20 minutes
  • Labels: Popsicle sticks, paper, cardboard, clothespins, pebbles, old wooden spoons, and anything else you could use to make a label
  • Markers
  • Optional: paint, sticks, tape

Let’s Do It!

  1. Find a plant around your home, yard, or garden that needs a label.
  2. Using the markers or paint, write down the name of the plant on one of your labels.
  3. Write the date that the plant was planted .
  4. Get creative with your plant labels! You can draw a picture of what the plant looks like now or a picture of what you think the plant will look like when it’s all grown up! You can also give the plant a nickname that’s silly or serious, depending on how you feel.
  5. When you’re done, stick the label in the soil near the plant. If you need to, gather some sticks and tape your labels to them so that they can be easily stuck in the soil.
  6. Look for more plants to label!
Download the Activity PDF

Talk it Over!

  1. Why do you think labeling a plant would be useful?
  2. How would including the date the plant was planted help you in the garden?
  3. What other information do you think would be helpful to put on a plant label?
  4. Do you think it’s important for gardeners to stay organized? Why or why not?

Activity Extension

Thanks to our Cherokee friends, you can create some of your labels using the Cherokee language. For more information visit the EBCI Extension Center.

Cherokee Language Guide