Designing Your Dream Foodie Garden: Shaded Seating, Built-in BBQs, and More

If you love spending time in your garden and have a passion for cooking and dining, then you’re in for a treat. Your garden can be the perfect oasis for indulging in your culinary adventures. In this blog post, we’ll explore some tips and ideas for making the most of your garden as a foodie, including creating shaded areas, setting up seating, incorporating built-in barbecues or fire pits, and more. Let’s dig in!

Creating Shaded Areas

One of the most important elements of a perfect foodie garden is setting up a nice shaded area where you can relax, dine, and enjoy your culinary creations. You could use a pergola, gazebo, or umbrella. You could even have a roofing structure built especially, sites like have all kinds of options to choose from so go with what works best for your needs and home. You could create natural shade using trees, trellises, or tall plants too if you want a more natural feeling garden, these will provide shade while adding beautiful colour and texture. 

Setting Up Seating

Outdoor garden dinning

Seating is of course an essential element of any foodie garden, you need somewhere to sit to enjoy your delicious eats. Remember to add enough seating options to accommodate your family and guests comfortably, you could go with some extra foldaway options that can be stored in the shed and brought out at larger gatherings if you need to. If you find yourself needing extra seating in a pinch, a good option is to use a picnic blanket.

Lay it down on the lawn with any large cushions if you have them and you can all sit and eat picnic-style in the garden. If you’re on a budget or enjoy the rustic look, how about repurposing old pallets or crates for a rustic and unique-looking seating arrangement? Adding some side tables or coffee tables for people to put things like drinks, condiments and utensils is handy too and will make the outdoor dining experience better. 

Incorporate Built-In Barbecues or Fire Pits

A built-in barbecue or fire pit could serve as the centrepiece of your outdoor dining area, as well as provide endless opportunities for creating delicious meals. It makes for a fun DIY project and you can choose from a variety of options, such as charcoal, gas, or wood-fired barbecues, or even a traditional fire pit for a cosy and rustic ambience. Put some seating around and you have another space in your garden to entertain and relax. 

Creating Ambiance with Lighting and Decor

To create a cosy and inviting atmosphere in your foodie garden, adding good lighting and some decorative elements like plants, water features and bunting can make all the difference. String lights, lanterns, and fairy lights can add a warm and inviting glow to your outdoor dining area too, which makes it perfect for romantic dinners or just gatherings with friends and family.