17 Gardening Questions to Ask Yourself (+ Friends + Family)

If you love getting lost in the act of gardening, you might find yourself adrift during the slow seasons. There’s a lot of time to think, but not much to do. Or perhaps you’re about to spend a lot of time with loved ones over the holidays and want to use that time to bond over the best hobby in the world. Either way, we’ve come up with 17 garden-related, conversation starting questions that inspire both serious and silly thoughts for internal or external dialogue. 

1. What’s your favorite season to be outside and why?

2. What was the prettiest view you saw this year?
In your own garden or someone else’s.

3. If you had to be a plant, what would you be and why?

4. What’s your favorite aesthetic?
Check out several garden plans like cottage, formal, Mediterranean, meadow, native, modern, etc.

5. What’s your favorite cut flower?

6. If your garden could only have one type of plant, what would it be and why?

7. What are some of your silliest garden mishaps?

8. Do you remember the first plant that sparked your interest in gardening?
If so, what was it and why? Do you currently have any plants that inspire a similar kind of interest?

9. If you could change your yard or favorite outdoor space in any way, what would you do?
For inspiration, check out our DIY landscape guide.

10. What’s your favorite gardening tool?
Would it be weird to receive as a gift? If so, what do you think is an acceptable gardening gift?

11. Which season do you think about gardening the most, and what do you think that says about you?

12. What’s the most important quality of a plant?
Long bloom time, fragrant, disease resistance, etc.

13. If your hands were literal gardening tools, what would they be?

14. What’s your favorite floral scent, and how would you describe it?

15. What is the most beautiful season in a garden and which plants stick out to you the most?

16. How do you decide to buy a plant?
Reading the plant tag at a local garden center, browsing the internet, impulse purchasing at the store, planning to fill a specific spot, etc.

17. How do you learn about gardening?
Books, internet research, social media, friends, classes, personal experience, etc.

I hope you’ve come away with a smile and, perhaps, a few ideas to make your garden represent your idea of beauty even more than it already does. If you have any favorite answers or have a fun garden related conversation starter you’d like to add to the list, I’d love to read them in the comments!

Comments (6)

  1. John Leous

    Winter in Western NY is long . I planted 150 bulbs from Holland in all my pots. Once the Weather hits full steam I put them all close together on my porch. I tarp them too. I could look like a hero on Mother’s Day 😊 8 pots same bulbs in each one. No mixy Dixie. Happy Thanksgiving 😊👍

    • Kristina Howley

      You will absolutely look like a garden hero! That sounds like it will be a lovely display, what a cheerful thing to look forward to! Be sure to take photos and share them with me, if you think of it.

  2. Alice

    I would have to be a viburnum. Mine does so much in my yard. The birds do pick it clean pretty fast, but I don’t mind that really. The leaves are are really pretty too!

    • Kristina Howley

      A lovely choice! Viburnum do a little bit of everything – food for pollinators and wildlife, and some even have incredible fall color.

  3. Janet Marotta

    My first introduction to gardening was when my new boyfriend’s mom handed us a 5 gal. Pail and shovel when we told her we were going for a ride in the country. That was 63 years ago ….she’s long past but she taught us how to dig and divide along with many other things about life !

    • Kristina Howley

      What a lovely memory! It’s funny to realize just how easy dividing plants and transplanting really is. I think that alone makes it easy to get hooked on gardening.

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Kristina Howley

I am all in when it comes to gardening. Almost every part of the experience delights me – new leaves emerging in spring, pollinators buzzing in summer, birds devouring berries in fall, and the somber beauty of seed heads in winter. Thanks to a background in horticulture and gardening my own clay-filled, flowery USDA zone 5b plot, I’ve learned plenty of practical things as well. I like sharing these joys and lessons with my fellow gardeners and soon-to-be gardeners any way I can.


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