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Create a Survivor-Themed Garden
Want to jazz
up your garden for a change of pace or a special party or
gathering? Are you a fan of the reality television hit “Survivor”?
Why not combine your love of gardening with your love of Tribal
Councils and create a Survivor-themed outdoor space!
The beauty of
the Survivor garden is that there have been so many locations for
the popular show that you can choose which setting would best suit
your garden space. If you have only hearty plants that grow in dry
conditions, create a Survivor Africa theme. If you have lush
greenery and the opportunity to include more tropical foliage, go
for a beach location like Palau, Borneo, or the Pearl Islands. Have
wide open spaces with lots of grass and trees? Great – you can
create your own Survivor: The Australian Outback.
One of the
most obvious themes in Survivor is the torch. Each contestant has a
torch, and the fire represents their life in the game. Create this
feeling by picking up Tiki torches at your local gardening/home
decorating store, or even at the dollar store. Use the torches to
line your walkway or entrance to your garden. If you’re throwing a
party or having a barbeque, you can take the Survivor theme one
step further by adding name tags to the torches, one for each
the torch lighting, consider adding solar lights to the décor. They
may not be authentic Survivor gear, but they will look gorgeous
illuminating the foot path or the edges of your garden, especially
in contrast to the dramatic torches glowing around them.
need your immunity necklace and/or idol. Immunity idols are
generally statues of some sort - if all you can find is a ceramic
frog, go with it! If you’re looking for authenticity, try a small
wooden sculpture that looks like it would have symbolic meaning in
a tribal setting. To display your idol, you’ll need a crude-looking
platform. A tree stump is fine, or use a large rock or piece of
wood and affix your statue to it. Just make sure that both your
statue and your adhesive are waterproof, as they will undoubtedly
be exposed to rain and the elements.
immunity necklace, you can craft one out of beads and seashells.
Your goal is to make it look like something a chief would wear at a
tribal ceremony. Once you’ve crafted your necklace, you’ll need to
create a “cross” out of long sticks for your display. Hold two
sticks together to form a cross, then secure them together by
winding twine around them in every direction where they meet. Then
push the bottom of the cross into the ground in your garden, and
hang the necklace over the top so it rests on the horizontal stick.
theme would be complete without a tribal flag. Here’s where your
creativity really gets to shine! Pick up some fabric that is
weather-resistant, and some fabric paint, and let your imagination
run. Draw the basic Survivor logo shape, with “Survivor” written
through the middle and “Outwit Outplay Outlast” around the edge.
Then name your “tribe”. Use your family name, or come up with
something unique, funny, cute, or just plain silly. Then paint in
the rest with images that will compliment your garden, or stand out
amongst the greenery. Hang your flag on a fence, flagpole, or
attach it to a stick or a tree branch.
plants that you have in your garden are secondary to the props of
course, which is what makes this an easy theme to live with. Once
you tire of the Survivor style, just remove your props and try
something completely different. If you want to take things one step
further, however, consider baby palm trees (if they will grow and
thrive in your geographical location). They aren’t huge or
cumbersome to move or plant, and they will add a definite
distinctive touch to your Survivor garden. For a bit of tropical
flair, pick up some coconuts at the grocery store and place them
decoratively in your garden.
If you really
want to take your Survivor theme to the extreme, and have enough
room to do so, you can create a Tribal Council area, and a voting
booth. This would be fun for a Survivor party, but perhaps not too
practical for the average fan. For your Tribal Council area, set up
seats for the jury (up to seven), and seats for the ‘players’ (up
to nine). These seats should be either benches or something that
looks natural, like slices from a thick log. There should also be
something resembling a podium for the ‘host’ to stand at. In the
very center, place a fire pit.
booth should be several feet away from the Tribal Council area, and
should include a small table, a black marker, and pieces of paper
(parchment if you can find it). You’ll also need a large urn to
place the votes in. Again, make sure that anything that isn’t
waterproof is stored overnight or when you’re away so it doesn’t
get damaged by rain.
Survivor garden is set up, invite your friends over for a
Survivor-style barbecue or party. Make some buffs out of bandanas
and assign each person a tribe as they arrive. Just don’t serve
them anything that could be considered part of a gross food
challenge, and make sure they know that they won’t be voted out of