Hilarious Garden Signs That Will Make Your Friends And Neighbors Laugh

Garden signs have many purposes, especially on front lawns. They might warn people not to pick the flower or that there are seeds nearby. But some gardeners add a funny twist to these signs. While some signs might say that you tried and the plants died anyway, others claim that you don’t remember planting them at all. Check out these funny garden signs that will make your friends and neighbors laugh.

A Smart Way To Get Free Labor

A sign says
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Janette W./Pinterest

Most gardeners hate picking weeds, but it is necessary for your garden. This person came up with a solution: offer the weeds for free to encourage free labor from their neighbors. If only people actually wanted weeds.

The sign also points to several weeds in the garden, one of which is poison ivy. Perhaps this person should hang another sign warning people to put on gloves before picking. Otherwise, they’ll end up feeling very itchy.

At Least They Tried

A sign hanging amidst vines says,
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Tori Arey/Pinterest

Not everyone is born with a green thumb. For many people, gardening is a process of trial and error. This person put up a sign to let their neighbors know that, even though their garden looks dead, they at least tried.

On the bright side, the plants around this sign look green. Perhaps these gardeners have been honing their skills. But if that plant or any other dies, they will still have that sign explaining why.

Trust Us, They’re Herbs

A garden sign says,
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Terece Shehan/Pinterest

Do you have a ton of weeds around your garden? Buy this sign. People will definitely believe that they are exotic herbs. They also won’t ask any questions about it. This is a flawless solution for weeds in a garden, guaranteed.

In all seriousness, this is a funny way to deal with any weeds that pop up. Some herbs are actually weeds; for instance, dandelions are often eaten in salads or brewed in tea, but they are weeds that can quickly overtake a garden.

When You Don’t Want To Bother Labeling

Plant labeling signs say,
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Stephanie Susie/Pinterest

Professional gardens often have labels of the plants’ scientific Latin names, such as solanum lycopersicum and thymus vulgaris. These signs don’t even bother to label the specific plant. They went with plantus unknownus, fungus amongus, and peakus lastweekus.

This is a hilarious way to label your plants without bothering to look up the scientific names. Who knows all of the Latin plant names by heart anyway? Solanum lyopersicum sounds nothing like tomatoes, and few people will know what that is.

Uh Oh

A sign says,
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Nanette Warn/Pinterest

Many people put up “beware of the dog” signs on their front lawns. But this person wants you to beware of the…well, we don’t know. Whatever it is, it bit off the rest of the sign.

If you really want to terrify your neighbors, tell them that your dog or other pet did this. Or, mention something about a cryptid in the area, like bigfoot. This sign provides so many opportunities for further jokes and pranks.

Memory Is Fickle

A garden sign says,
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Rosemary Newbold/Pinterest

The more plants you get, the less likely you are to remember every plant. But people always like to ask about certain plants. The solution? Get this sign that says, “I don’t remember planting this.”

It’s a perfect conversation starter and ender. People will laugh at the sign, but they won’t ask you about the plant, because you don’t remember. If you don’t want to discuss any part of your garden, put this sign everywhere.

How Dare You!

A sign in a yard says,
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reddit/u/SirLaughsalot12

Gardeners spend a lot of time cultivating their plants. Picking leaves, cutting off flowers, or digging up plants is a huge blow. We don’t blame this gardener for calling it “a low and selfish act.” But then they go further and ask, “what’s next, punching kittens?”

While this sign is funny, it also lowers the theft rate. That is why many stores have cameras that show customers at their entry. When people feel “called out,” they are much less likely to steal.

It Was A Valiant Battle

A wooden sign says:
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Holly Misner/Pinterest

Caring for a lawn isn’t easy, especially a front lawn. Weeds easily spread, people step on the grass, and dead leaves cover the walkways. This person let their neighbors know that they tried, and they…did not succeed.

“I fought the lawn and the lawn won,” the sign says. Anyone who has to care for their front lawn will understand. Even if you perfectly weed and cultivate it, the lawn will still bite back with dead flowers or mud puddles.

Shhh, Don’t Wake The Grass

A translated Chinese sign says,
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SweetBerry/Pinterest

The more often people walk on grass, the more likely it is that the grass will die. This Chinese sign translated to, “tiny grass is dreaming.” That is an oddly adorable way to deter people from the lawn.

This sign is obviously a mistranslation. But according to native speakers, the issue is not with the English, but with the Chinese. A writer from UPenn said that the phrase was likely translated from English, into Chinese, and then back in English.

Watch Your Feet

A garden sign says,
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The Happy Gardening Life/Pinterest

Gardens on a front lawn are subject to damage. People and pets walk by and might step on the flowers, especially if the plants are small and delicate. As such, many gardeners put up a sign dissuading people from stepping on their plants. But this one has a twist.

The sign plays on the phrase “my feet are killing me” by saying “your feet are killing me,” regarding the flowers. That should get some laughs and prevent people from stepping into the garden.

The Seeds Are Trying Their Best

A sign says,
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Sue Evans/Pinterest

If someone steps on planted seeds, they might not grow. Seeds require oxygen to germinate, and stepping on them cuts off that oxygen. How do you prevent that? By erecting a sign, of course.

The best part of this sign is the fine print that says, “There are seeds and they are trying.” Who would want to stomp on seeds knowing that they’re trying their best? This sign makes. a very persuasive case. Hopefully, their seeds tried hard enough to sprout.

Those Catalogs Always Trick People

A garden sign says,
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Carolina Nunes/Pinterest

Have you ever been inspired by a garden catalog or Pinterest board? Many people have; that’s why they start gardening. But when you try to recreate that garden, it becomes much harder than it looks.

At least this person warned their neighbors. If the garden doesn’t look perfect, rest assured: that person’s catalog has prettier photos. Hopefully, the day will come when that person copies the catalog, and that sign will come down. Only the neighbors will know when that happens.

It Is Much Cheaper

A sign says,
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Sibia Martínez/Pinterest

Gardening is a therapeutic hobby. That’s why one person hung this sign: “Gardening: cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes!” It is true; successful gardening pays you back in food and herbs. The seeds are much cheaper than continuously buying tomatoes.

Gardening is also used as a professional therapy technique. It is called horticultural therapy, and many nonprofits use it to aid mental health. The American Horticultural Therapy Association teaches gardening to both kids and adults as a coping mechanism.

Yep, These Dandelions Are Supposed To Be Here

A sign says,
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Joshua Bour/Pinterest

Dandelions are notoriously difficult to get rid of. What should a gardener do if they can’t get rid of the weeds? Put up this sign. Everyone will think that it’s an experimental dandelion farm, not that you can’t get rid of all those weeds.

Dandelions are technically flowers; the USDA’s Federal Noxious Weed List does not call them a weed. Although dandelions do not destroy plants, they spread very quickly. Unless you’re making an experimental dandelion garden, you probably don’t want them around.

At Least The Plants Understand Us

Underneath ferns, a sign says,
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Sara (*´˘`*)/Pinterest

These gardeners transformed their plants into free therapists. If you can’t read the sign because of the vine, it says, “Feel free to talk to the plants. They understand.”

Any neighbors who walk by and read the sign can talk to the plants about their feelings. Plants are great listeners, in part because they don’t say anything. Or perhaps the gardener uses their own plants as therapy. One thing is for sure; plants make gardeners and non-gardeners happy!

The Cat Doesn’t Look Pleased

A sign has a picture of a cat on top, and says,
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Tamara Menees/Pinterest

Smoking is terrible for gardens. Not only does it pollute the soil, but the chemicals can also suffocate plants by diminishing their carbon dioxide. Since gardeners need to dissuade people from smoking near a garden, many will put up a sign.

But this sign doesn’t list risks to the plants. Instead, the owners’ “smoking cat” is trying to quit. You don’t want to contribute to the cat’s nasty habit, do you? Based on the picture, he already isn’t pleased.

A Shakespearian Tale

A ceramic sign says,
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Amy Perkins/Pinterest

Gardening is a Shakespearian tale. It requires success, failure, risk-taking, and sacrifice. Nothing portrays this more than this sign, “To weed or not to weed, that is the garden.”

Sometimes gardeners feel too tired or fed up to weed, but they have to. They end up asking this question. Any neighbor who sees this sign will also ask this question. If you think about it, it can be very metaphorical. Or it’s just a funny sign.

They’re A Little Too Excited

A spoon-shaped sign says,
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Ashley Dulebohn/Pinterest

This gardener is really excited for summer. They are so excited that they wet their pants…wait, not. They wet their plants. That makes more sense.

In all seriousness, if you want a neighbor to laugh, put up this sign in summer. Versions of the sign are also made for spring. Not all of them are on giant spoons, either. These are fun shapes for signs, but not every gardener wants an enormous spoon on their lawn.

Ready To Gossip?

A wooden sign says,
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LUIS CARLOS/Pinterest

Do you want the local dirt? Then look for a neighbor with this sign in their garden. They might not tell you what people are up to, but they will tell you which soil to use for which plant.

It is true though; even beginner gardeners should learn the difference between clay and loamy soil. If you happen to gossip while working on plants, that’s good too. Gardening can be a community activity, and it often is.

It’s Mostly Waiting

A wooden sign says,
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Pamela Provenzano/Pinterest

This sign lays out the steps of gardening in a fun way: put down soil, water the plant, and wait. Most of gardening is waiting and hoping that your plants won’t die. Even houseplants can stress people out as they wait for them to grow.

If you plant seeds, it usually takes one to two weeks to germinate. And you can’t even see what’s going on until it sprouts! That’s a lot of waiting and wishful thinking.