13 touching pet memorial garden ideas

Arranging my garden to make it a place of relaxation is one of my favorite hobbies!

This is an incredibly difficult time for you, and it’s natural to want to keep your pet’s memory alive. A natural way to do this is to plant a memorial garden in their honor. This can be done in your garden or even in a small pot on your patio or balcony.

Here are 13 pet memorial garden ideas to get you started:

13 ways to honor your pet with a memorial garden

  1. Plant a memorial tree
  2. Create a memorable journey
  3. Plant their favorite flowers
  4. Install a birdbath or feeder
  5. build a bench
  6. Integrate a water feature
  7. Make a herb garden
  8. Fill it with statues and ornaments
  9. wind chimes
  10. Flower pots
  11. night lights
  12. fairy garden
  13. Memorial plaques or stones

1. Plant a tree in their memory

This could be done in your backyard, or even in a public park if you wish (if you have permission to do so). Choose a tree species that was your pet’s favorite or has special meaning to you. If your pet was cremated, you could even plant a tree with its ashes. I did this with my recent dog who passed away and it makes me smile every time I look down the garden.


2. Create a springboard path

It’s a lovely way to create a pet memorial garden, and it can be done even in a small space. All you need are cement stepping stones (you can even make your own!) and possibly some paint. Use it to write your pet’s name, dates, or any other words or phrases that are unique to you. If a path is a bit too much, it might just be a singular memorial stone that you paint and proudly place in your garden.


3. Plant their favorite flowers

If your pet has a favorite flower, plant it in their memory! It’s a simple and enjoyable way to keep them close to your heart. You can also consider planting a wildflower garden, which will attract butterflies and other pollinators. Finding the right type of plant can be tricky, so be sure to research which flowers will grow best in your area.


4. Make a bird bath or bird feeder

If your pet loved spending time outdoors watching birds, this is a great way to commemorate them. You can buy birdbaths and feeders specifically designed for gardens, or get creative and reuse something you already have.


5. Build a bench

This is a great idea if you have the space for it. A bench is a great place to sit and reflect on all the happy memories you’ve shared with your pet. It can also be used by visitors to your garden, which will help maintain your pet’s memory. Then you can engrave the bench with your pet’s name, dates, or any other words or phrases that are unique to you.


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6. Create a water feature

Again, this could be as simple as a small fountain or birdbath, or something more elaborate like a koi pond. If your pet enjoyed spending time near water, this is a great way to remember them. Plus, the sound of running water is incredibly soothing and will create a serene atmosphere in your garden.


7. Plant an herb garden

If your pet loved to nibble on your herbs, why not plant a memorial garden full of herbs? It’s a great way to keep their memory alive while being practical. You can use the herbs you grow in your kitchen, or even dry them and make your own tea blends. Plus, it’s always nice to have a fragrant garden that attracts bees and other pollinators.


8. Fill it with statues or ornaments

If you have a smaller space or just prefer a more decorative garden, fill it with statues or ornaments that remind you of your pet. It can be anything from a simple birdhouse to something that reminds you of your pet. It’s a great way to add personality to your garden, and it will make it feel like a truly special place.


9. Wind Chimes

Wind chimes are a beautiful addition to any garden, and they can be very meaningful too. Wind chimes are incredibly soothing and will help you feel close to your pet when you hear them. Choose a set of chimes that holds special meaning to you or reminds you of your pet. You could even have them engraved with your pet’s name or dates.


10. Flowerpots

If you don’t have space for a full memorial garden, or just want something less maintenance, consider planting pots in memory of your pet. They’re a great way to add a personal touch to your home, and you can even take them with you if you move.


11. Night Lights

If you want to keep your pet’s memory alive even at night, consider adding night lights to your garden. You can buy solar-powered lights that will turn on automatically at dusk, or you can even make your own. It’s a great way to create a beautiful and peaceful space in your garden that you can enjoy even after the sun goes down.


12. Fairy Gardens

If you’re looking for a more whimsical way to commemorate your pet, why not create a fairy garden? It’s a great way to use up any extra space in your yard, and it’s a fun project for kids or adults. You can fill your fairy garden with all kinds of miniature plants and decorations, and it’s a great way to bring a little magic into your home.


13. Commemorative plaques or stones

If you want to keep things simple, you might consider adding a memorial plaque or stone to your garden. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your garden, and it’s a lovely way to remember your pet. You can have your pet’s name, dates or any other word or phrase that is unique to you engraved on the plaque or stone.

Whatever type of memorial garden you choose to create, make sure it’s something that makes you happy. It’s a space you can visit and reflect on all the wonderful memories you’ve shared with your pet.

This content is accurate and faithful to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not intended to replace the formal and individualized advice of a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck